31 July 2009
Secretary-General
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SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACKS AGAINST SHIA MOSQUES IN BAGHDAD


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the bomb attacks on five Shia mosques in Baghdad today which have left dozens dead and wounded.  Attacks against places of worship cannot be justified by any political or religious cause.  These attacks appear to be aimed at provoking sectarian strife and undermining stability in Iraq.


The Secretary-General appeals to the Iraqi people to remain steadfast in their efforts to resolve differences through dialogue and achieve national reconciliation.  The United Nations is committed to helping the Iraqi people in this important endeavour.


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