On July 29, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm about the deterioration of the security situation in Iraq. “The Sectretary-General condemns, in the strongest terms, the acts of terrorism and the heightened sectarian violence, which are aimed at ripping apart the country’s social fabric,” Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The killing of at least 50 people in a wave of car bombings, in predominantly Shiite areas, is just the latest occurrence of the kind of heinous violence which is becoming all too commonplace.
According to Reuters, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, said it orchestrated the wave of car bombings in revenge for the mistreatment of the country’s Sunni community.
The Secretary-General extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Iraq, and wished the wounded a speedy recovery. The Secretary -General also urged the Iraqi authorities to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice.
“Iraq is at another crossroads,” Ban’s spokesperson said. “Its political leaders have a clear responsibility to bring the country back from the brink, and to leave no space to those who seek to exploit the political stalemate through violence and terror. The Secretary-General urges Iraqi political leaders to address the legitimate grievances of all Iraqi communities by entering into a serious dialogue with a spirit of compromise, and by passing overdue legislation without further delay.”
The statement also added that the United Nations stands ready to assist the Government and people of Iraq in overcoming the crisis.