It is "imperative" for Iraqi forces to refrain from interfering in political process: UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to journalists. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The United Nations Secretary-General has stressed the importance for the Iraqi forces not to interfere in the political process in the country.

Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters in New York on Tuesday on global issues of concern to the UN.

He reiterated his message of welcoming the movement toward forming a new government in Iraq after the country's president asked the Deputy Speaker of Parliament to do so.

"Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abbadi now has the important task of forming a broad-based government acceptable to all components of Iraqi society. It is imperative that the security forces refrain from intervening in the political process.   The people of Iraq – all Iraqi people – need security. Yet the poison of hatred and brutality is spreading. The so-called "Islamic State" – IS – is a threat to Iraq, Syria and the region." (32")

On Gaza, Mr. Ban said he expected accountability for the loss of innocent lives and damage caused by repeated shelling of UN facilities harbouring civilians.

The Secretary-General also addressed the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed more than 1,000 lives.

He stressed the need to avoid panic and fear, pointing out that with resources, knowledge, early action and will, Ebola can be prevented and people can survive the disease.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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