Russia urges Iraqi leaders to end violence

March 27th, 2008 - 8:26 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, March 27 (RIA Novosti) Russia’s foreign ministry Thursday called on Iraq’s political and religious leaders to step up efforts to end violence in the country. “We are urging political and religious leaders in Iraq to do their utmost to end this fratricidal conflict, creating the necessary conditions for building a democratic and prosperous state,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Mikhail Kamynin.

“Moscow is convinced that a path to settling the crisis in Iraq lies through comprehensive dialogue, the search for compromise, and the achievement of real national conciliation and accord between all ethnic and religious communities in the country,” he said.

Violence has continued unabated in Iraq in the last five years since the formal end of the US-led invasion in 2003. Over 100 people have been killed in the past three weeks in a series of bomb and mortar attacks throughout the country.

The death toll among US troops deployed in the war-ravaged country now stands at 4,000.
RIA Novosti

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