19 May 2014
Secretary-General
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Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Welcomes Preliminary Results from Iraq Election, Saying He Looks


Forward to Certification of Final Results

 


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


The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement of the preliminary results of the Council of Representatives election in Iraq of 30 April.  He looks forward to the certification of the final results after all procedures have been completed, including the adjudication of possible appeals.  The Secretary-General urges all political parties to engage constructively and in a timely manner in the process of Government formation.


The Secretary-General is concerned about the security situation in Anbar Province and urges the Government of Iraq to ensure that military operations against terrorism are conducted in accordance with Iraq’s international and constitutional human rights obligations.


The Secretary-General condemns the deliberate flooding of the Abu Ghraib area and urges all sides to refrain from actions that result in displacement of populations or cause environmental disasters. He reiterates his appeal regarding the need to address the humanitarian needs of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ongoing fighting in Anbar Province.


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