2,417 Iraqis killed and 2,287 injured in acts of terrorism in June, UN reports

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, has expressed his regret that Iraq’s newly elected Council of Representatives was not able to reach an agreement on naming a speaker.

Iraq’s new parliament failed to elect a speaker as its first session ended in disarray on Tuesday, with MPs due to meet again in a week. Lawmakers were constitutionally required to choose a speaker in their first session, followed over a period of weeks by a new president and prime minister.

In a statemnet read by United Nations spokesperson Stephan Dujarric,Mladenov called upon all political leaders to set aside their differences and elect a speaker during the next session which is due to be held next week, adding “that step would allow the Parliament to elect a new President, move forward on the government formation process and engage in resolving the legitimate concerns of various communities.”

Mladenov again warned that any delay or failure to observe the deadline set by the Iraqi Constitution will be detrimental to the country’s integrity.

The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has released new casualty figures for June. It says that at least 2,417 Iraqis have been killed and another 2,287 have been injured in acts of terrorism and violence during the month. The Mission reports that this includes more than 1,500 civilian deaths – the highest toll in one month since 2007.

Mladenov said that the staggering number of civilian casualties in one month points to the urgent need for Iraqi leaders to restore security and address the root causes of violence through a Constitutional political process.

Also today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) condemned “in the strongest terms” the upsurge in violence and killings in Iraq. The office continues to strongly urge all parties to the conflict to respect international human rights and international humanitarian law. It has called on the Iraqi authorities to hold accountable those responsible for violations.

Dujarric added that the Secretary-General had expressed his gratitude to the government of Saudi Arabia for their contribution of $500 million to the UN for life-saving humanitarian efforts in Iraq.