Martin Kobler condemns recent waves of bomb blasts in Iraq

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Baghdad, 5 January 2012- The Special Representative of the United Nations’ Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, condemned in the strongest terms the series of explosions that took place in Baqouba on 4 January and today in Baghdad and at the outskirts of the southern city of Nasiriyah. The series of attacks have reportedly resulted in a large number of deaths and injuries.

SRSG Kobler expressed concern about the continuation of violence in the country. “Everyone agrees that violence incidents have decreased in number since 2009 but we are not talking about mere statistics and figures. These casualty figures are people, women and men, the youth of the county and its children. These are mainly civilians and one life taken per day is one life too many and this has to be stopped”, SRSG Kobler said.

SRSG Kobler reiterated the need for all Iraqis to work together to end the hideous crimes being committed against the Iraqi people.

“I urge all Iraqis to remain steadfast in the face of those who are using violence in its worst forms to prevent the country and its people from succeeding as a democratic, stable, secure and prosperous nation”, SRSG Kobler added.

SRSG Kobler extends his condolences to the families of those who were killed and his wishes for speedy recovery of those who were injured.