By John Lee.
On the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), called on all Iraqis to commit to resolving differences solely through non-violent means.
“I am deeply concerned by the increasing violence Iraq has witnessed recently,” Mr. Kobler said. “Official figures released yesterday show that September was the deadliest month in Iraq in more than two years. More than a thousand people were killed or injured in attacks – innocent children, mothers, fathers, people from all walks of life, many of them traumatized by the carnage murderers continue to inflict on the Iraqi people.”
“I call on every man and woman in this country to categorically reject these acts of violence, which cannot be justified in any way,” Mr. Kobler stressed. “At the same time, I call on the Government of Iraq to address the root causes of the violence and ensure a truly inclusive political process that respects the views and interests of all communities in Iraq.”