UN Iraq envoy condemns killings at shrine rising sectarian violence

One day after the killings at the Imam Ali Shrine, Ashraf Qazi called on Iraqi authorities and community leaders to “preserve the sanctity of places of worship, to value cultural and educational institutions and protect public services.”Mr. Qazi urged all Iraqis to engage in sustained dialogue based on mutual respect and tolerance rather than employing violent attacks to achieve their ends.He also called on political, religious and tribal leaders, as well as leaders of civil society, to promote tolerance between communities and national reconciliation.Mr. Qazi said the UN remained ready to support all efforts aimed at restoring peace and security in Iraq. Yesterday, the Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN mission in that country for one year.

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