Friday, 26 April 2013 03:00

"Iraq at a crossroads," warns UN envoy in urgent call for restraint and immediate and bold initiatives for peace from country's leaders

Baghdad, 26 April 2013 - In a strong call for restraint and serious dialogue, after the recent clashes that killed and wounded hundreds across Iraq, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, expressed his fear that the country could head towards the unknown if decisive measures are not taken immediately and effectively to stop the spiral of violence from unfolding further.

“I call on the conscience of all religious and political leaders not to let anger win over peace, and to use their wisdom, because the country is at a crossroads,” he said. “It is the historical responsibility of all Iraqi leaders to assume leadership and take bold initiatives, such as sitting together and calling in one voice for immediate restoration of calm and for a broad-based national dialogue,” he added.

The UN envoy also appeals to the Iraqi government to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the Hawija incidents, and the consequent prosecution of human rights violators. He also reiterates his call for the release of the prisoners detained in the aftermath of the crackdown.

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