UN chief sends envoy to Baghdad to investigate bombing incidents
UN chief sends envoy to
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he would send a senior UN official to Baghdad in response to a request from Iraq's prime minister for a UN Security Council investigation of bombings at two ministries in August. Ban told a news conference that Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco will go to Baghdad "for preliminary consultations related to Iraq's security and sovereignty" and discussions on how the United Nations can help. Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sent a letter to Ban in early September requesting that he ask the Security Council to establish an independent investigation commission into the twin bombings. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani reiterated the request at the UN General Assembly in late September.
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