Russia: Saddam's execution may destabilize Iraq

The lower house of Russian parliament on Wednesday warned that the execution of Saddam Hussein could lead to a further escalation of violence in Iraq. The Kremlin-controlled State Duma unanimously approved a statement saying that "carrying out the death sentence would not solve the existing problems of the long-suffering people of Iraq, but may create new ones and trigger a new wave of harsh confrontation, revenge and hostility." An Iraqi court earlier this month convicted Saddam for the killings of some 150 Shiite Muslims after an assassination attempt against him in 1982. The Duma voiced hope that "further consideration of Saddam Hussein's fate would take into account possible negative consequences of carrying out the verdict for a peaceful domestic dialogue in Iraq."