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Annan says Iraq still too dangerous for UN

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan ruled out quickly resuming a major UN role in post-war Iraq, saying the country remains too dangerous to put his staff at risk. But he nevertheless said emergency and humanitarian work could be stepped up despite the grim outlook on security in the country, stressing that the reconstruction of the country must not be allowed to fail. “Under the circumstances, it is difficult to envisage the United Nations operating with a large number of international staff inside Iraq in the near future,” he said in a report to the UN Security Council. “The United Nations will remain a high-value, high-impact target for terrorist activity in Iraq for the foreseeable future.” Annan pulled all non-Iraqi UN staff out of Baghdad in October following a string of deadly attacks in the city, including a suicide bombing of the UN offices that killed Annan’s top envoy to Iraq and 21 other people. Full Story

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