Iraq: SRSG Ashraf Qazi condemns Al Mansour Hotel bombing

Baghdad-25 June 2007-- The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG) Ashraf Qazi condemned the suicide attack in Al Mansour Melia Hotel which killed and injured dozens of Iraqi civilians, including former Anbar Governor Fasaal El Gawud, Iraqi Parliament member Al-Sheikh Hussein Al-Sha'alan and Iraqi poet Rahim Al Maliki. Mr. Qazi described the attack, which targeted a meeting of Iraqi tribal leaders seeking to resolve differences and chart a path to reconciliation, as a deplorable crime aimed at sabotaging efforts to promote the peaceful resolution that are urgently needed by Iraq's citizens. He called on the Iraqi authorities to pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice.