Thursday, 20 January 2011 03:00

The SRSG, Ad Melkert, Strongly Condemns the Terrorist Attack on Shi\'ite Pilgrims

Baghdad, 20 January 2011- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that targeted today Shii\'ite Pilgrims near the Holy city of Karbala and resulted in the killing of dozens of people and injuring many others. He extends his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and his wishes for the full and speedy recovery for the wounded.

SRSG Melkert is deeply concerned at the continuation of targeted attacks against specific groups in Iraq, the security forces and government and political figures.  He is  appalled by the hideous attacks against worshipers of various faiths in Iraq during the commemoration of holy occasions while practicing their religious rights and he underlines that respect for the Iraqi diversity is the ultimate strength that will drive the country\'s efforts to establish an irreversible democtatic, pluralist and inclusive society.

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