Condemning Attack on Mosque, Secretary-General Urges Iraqi Political Leaders to Unite Constituents, Give Political Process ‘a Chance’

22 August 2014
SG/SM/16098-IK/688

Condemning Attack on Mosque, Secretary-General Urges Iraqi Political Leaders to Unite Constituents, Give Political Process ‘a Chance’

22 August 2014
Secretary-General
SG/SM/16098 IK/688
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Condemning Attack on Mosque, Secretary-General Urges Iraqi Political

Leaders to Unite Constituents, Give Political Process ‘a Chance’

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

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the reported attack on a mosque in Diyala Province, said to have killed dozens of Sunni worshippers.  Attacks on places of worship are completely unacceptable and are prohibited under international law.  The Secretary-General calls on all Iraqi authorities to ensure that the attack is properly investigated and its perpetrators held to account.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the impact such acts of sectarian violence will have on the already grave security situation and on the political process aimed at establishing a unified Government capable of confronting the threat to Iraq posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  He urges all political leaders to unite and call on their constituents to refrain from sectarianism and to give the political process a chance.  Sectarian attacks and counter-attacks only serve the enemies of Iraq.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims.

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