19 July 2005

Secretary-General Emphatically Condemns Heinous Suicide Bombings in Iraq

NEW YORK, 18 July (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General continues to be dismayed by the unrelenting wave of suicide bombings in Iraq that have killed large numbers of civilians, including at least 80 people in Musayyib on Saturday.

The Secretary-General emphatically condemns these heinous attacks, perpetrated in an apparent effort to undermine Iraq’s political transition, and extends his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims. 

The Secretary-General urges all Iraqis to set violence aside and to join together, through peaceful means, in building a united, democratic and prosperous Iraq.

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