17 August 2010 – The United Nations has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack on an Iraqi army recruitment centre in the capital that claimed the lives of dozens of military recruits and left over a hundred others injured.
In a statement issued in Baghdad, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) voiced concern at the continued acts of violence targeting Iraqis, including those perpetrated during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan which began last week.
“UNAMI extends its condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and the Government of Iraq and wishes a speedy recovery to those who were wounded,” the mission stated.
It also reiterated that agreement on the formation of a new government, which is still pending since the holding of parliamentary elections in March, will greatly contribute to strengthening Iraq’s ability to protect its citizens.
UNAMI will also help Iraq respond effectively to those who aim at perpetuating instability and insecurity in the country and reversing its path towards peace and prosperity, the mission added.
UN officials have been urging Iraq’s political leaders to work together to form the government, warning that further delays could impact negatively on the country’s stability, democratic transition and development.
“I am concerned that continued delays in the government formation process are contributing to a growing sense of uncertainty in the country,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a recent report to the Security Council.
“Not only does this risk undermining confidence in the political process, but elements opposed to Iraq’s democratic transition may try to exploit the situation,” he added.