UN chief welcomes progress to form Iraq government
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming progress toward forming a new government in Iraq and is encouraging prime minister-designate Haider al-Abbadi to form a broad-based government acceptable to all parts of society.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Ban is strongly urging all political parties to remain calm and respect the constitutional process.
Dujarric said the secretary-general is concerned that heightened political tensions and the threat from the Islamic State militant group, which now controls a large swath of Iraq’s west and north, “could lead the country into even deeper crisis.”
“The people of Iraq deserve to live in a safe, prosperous and stable country — one that all groups in Iraq, including religious and ethnic minorities, can meaningfully contribute to and feel as their own,” Dujarric said.