Indonesia condemns Wednesday`s violence in Iraq

The Indonesian governemnt condemns the violence which killed more than 200 civilians in Iraq recently, a spokesman said.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Kristiarto Legowo made the statement here on Friday following reports on car bomb attsks which claimed over 200 lives in Iraq last Wednesday.

“The Government of Indonesia condemns the violence in Iraq which has once again killed innocent civilians,” he said.

He said the Indonesian government was also deeply concerned that the acts of violence in Iraq were continuuing to increase rather than coming to an end. The prolonged violence had claimed the lives of many civilians, he said.


The Indonesian governemnt condemns the violence which killed more than 200 civilians in Iraq recently, a spokesman said.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Kristiarto Legowo made the statement here on Friday following reports on car bomb attsks which claimed over 200 lives in Iraq last Wednesday.

“The Government of Indonesia condemns the violence in Iraq which has once again killed innocent civilians,” he said.

He said the Indonesian government was also deeply concerned that the acts of violence in Iraq were continuuing to increase rather than coming to an end. The prolonged violence had claimed the lives of many civilians, he said.

“The Government of Indonesia calls on the various conflicting parties to cooperate and find a peaceful solution to the problems they are facing in that country (Iraq),” he said.

Indonesia also hoped that they would not be trapped in inter-group conflicts which in the end would claim more victims among innocent civilians, he said.

“Indonesia will keep on trying to use every opportunity, even the slightest one, to contribute to the solution of the ongoing conflicts in that country,” he said.

Earlier in April this year, Indonesia initiated and hosted an international meeting between Sunni and Shi`ite leaders from various countries to help find a peaceful solution to the problems in Iraq.

Car bombs killed nearly 170 people in Baghdad on Wednesday in the deadliest attack in the city since US and Iraqi forces launched a security crackdown aimed at halting the country`s slide into civil war.

One car bomb alone in the mainly Shi`ite Sadriya neighborhood killed 118 people and wounded 139, police said

“The street was transformed into a swimming pool of blood,” Ahmed Hameed, a shopkeeper near the scene, told Reuters.

The apparently coordinated attacks — there were five within a short space of time — occurred hours after Shi`ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Iraq would take over control of security in the whole country from foreign forces by the end of the year.

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