Minister expresses outrage at latest violence in Iraq
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen T.D., has expressed his outrage at the escalation of violence in Iraq, over recent days. The violence included a rocket attack on the Rashid Hotel, killing one and wounding seventeen, and suicide bomb attacks on the International Committee of the Red Cross and a number of police stations in Baghdad, killing at least thirty four and wounding two hundred and twenty four.
The Minister offered his condolences to the families of those killed and his wishes for a quick and full recovery to those injured in the attacks. He condemned the attacks and said that such violence only serves to delay the time when Iraqi people can live in peace and security. Attacks on civilians can not be justified under any circumstances and attacks against international relief agencies and targets with high risk of civilian casualties are particularly abhorrent.
The Minister called on all groups in Iraq to contribute to the peaceful reconstruction of Iraq and the creation of a representative Government which can serve the interests of all Iraqis and urged the Governing Council and the Coalition Provisional Authority to press ahead with their efforts in this direction.