We condemn in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attack against Ad Melkert, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General while he was arriving at the Najaf airport, south of Baghdad, and which killed a member of his police escort and injured three others.
We offer our condolences to the victim’s family and assure Ad Melkert and his colleagues of our heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time.
By attacking UN representatives, the terrorists were targeting the entire international community and its efforts on behalf of Iraq.
We pay tribute to all those who are contributing to Iraq’s recovery on a daily basis and express our full support for the courageous efforts of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) headed by Ad Melkert.
In these circumstances, France stands shoulder to shoulder with the Iraqi people and authorities in their resolute fight against terrorism and their mobilization on behalf of the rule of law.