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Iraq: The SRSG expresses great concern over the spike in violence in Baghdad

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Baghdad, 24 November 2008 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Staffan de Mistura strongly condemned the series of bombings in Baghdad today, killing and injuring numbers of innocent civilians heading to work.

The SRSG notes with great concern the recent spike in violence in the country's capital and urges all parties to deny those behind such repugnant attacks the opportunity to undermine efforts to increase the country's fragile stability.

"There are no moral or political excuses that could possibly justify the deliberate targetting of innocent citizens whose only crime was to try to get to their place of work", the SRSG said, extending the United Nations' sincere condolences to the bereaved families and its wishes for the full and speedy recovery for the wounded.