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U.N. Iraq Chief Says Bomb Will Extend Occupation

Last week’s attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad has stalled the reconstruction of Iraq and will prolong U.S.-led occupation, the interim head of the U.N. mission in Iraq said Wednesday. Ramiro Lopes da Silva, appointed after the death of Sergio Vieira de Mello in the devastating truck bomb blast, said a lack of security would limit the work of the United Nations and deter others from joining efforts to rebuild postwar Iraq. “(I hope) that the groups that perpetrate this kind of action understand that the goals they claim to pursue of a free independent, sovereign Iraq have been delayed by their action, not accelerated,” Lopes da Silva told Reuters in an interview. “Such kind of action is going only to prolong further the regime of occupation the Iraqis are subject to,” he said in one of dozens of tents set up by the wreckage of the U.N. headquarters which now serve as temporary offices. Full Story

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