Saturday, 22 October 2011 03:00

UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq Martin Kobler Pays Tribute to Halabja Victims

HALABJA, 21 October 2011- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Mr. Martin Kobler, arrived today in the city of Halabja where he visited the Memorial for the victims of the crimes perpetrated by the former regime against the Kurdish population of the town on March 1988.

 

“The Halabja museum and memorial will serve as an everlasting reminder of one of the worst atrocities committed by the previous regime and of our duty to honor the memory of all victims who perished at the hands of a ruthless dictatorship,” SRSG Kobler said. “This monument shall remind us for generations to come that we must stand firm against targeting individuals, communities and people for ethnic and religious reasons, or any other reason,” he added.

 

SRSG Kobler also visited the cemetery of the victims of Halabja’s massacre where he laid a wreath. He was accompanied in his visit to the Memorial and the cemetery by the Mayor of Halabja, Mr. Goran Adham and other city officials.

 

SRSG Kobler left Halabja to Erbil, in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, where he is scheduled to meet with senior officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

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