Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:47PM
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (file photo)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (file photo)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the outbreak of deadly violence in Iraq, calling for dialogue among all Iraqi political groups to address the current critical situation in the country. In a statement on Wednesday, Ban voiced concern over “the escalating political tensions and the appalling upsurge of violence that has killed a high number of civilians over the last two months.” Ban also urged “all parties to redouble their efforts to ensure that the momentum of national reconciliation is not lost to those groups that strive to reignite sectarian violence in Iraq.” Ban’s statement come after a wave of attacks killed seventy people and injured dozens across Iraq on Monday. Iraq has been hit by a wave of violence since April 23, when security forces clashed with anti-government gunmen in the northern town of Hawija, near the city of Kirkuk. The incident in Hawija sparked widespread turmoil, which has killed hundreds of people ever since. On June 1, the United Nations said that a total of 1,045 people were killed and nearly 2,400 others were injured in the incidents of violence across Iraq in May. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that militant groups and the remnants of the former Ba’athist regime are responsible for the latest wave of violence. MAM/KA
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