5 January 2006

Secretary-General Condemns Suicide Bombing in Iraq

NEW YORK, 4 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is appalled by the suicide bombing that took place today in Iraq during a funeral service in Miqdadiya, which killed over 30 people and wounded many more.  He condemns this horrendous crime committed against innocent civilians in total disrespect for human life and dignity.

Today's bombing was the latest in an increasing number of violent incidents following Iraq's peaceful elections of 15 December 2005.  The Secretary-General calls upon all parties concerned to refrain from any action which could undermine Iraq's democratic progress and to come together in a spirit of national unity and reconciliation.

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