The Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (A-SRSG), Mr. Gyorgy Busztin, has condemned in the strongest terms the assassination on 22 July of the Head of the Arab bloc in the Kirkuk Provincial Council and Deputy Chairman of the Provincial Council Security Committee, Sheikh Abdallah Sami Al-Assi, and two of his bodyguards.
Sheikh Al-Assi was a pivotal and well-respected political figure in Kirkuk, who always advocated dialogue and peaceful coexistence in the province. He engaged with UNAMI in the discussions on the way forward for holding Kirkuk elections.
Mr. Busztin extends his sincere condolences to the families of Sheikh Al-Assi and of those who were murdered with him, as well as to the Kirkuk Provincial Council.
(Picture: The Government Electoral Office in Kirkuk, Iraq. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)