UN envoy urges Iraqi leaders to respond to people’s demands for change

A UN envoy warned Tuesday that the continued use of violence against civilians in Iraq is "intolerable" and called on…

A UN envoy warned Tuesday that the continued use of violence against civilians in Iraq is “intolerable” and called on Iraqi leaders to respond with urgency to the Iraqi people’s aspirations for change.

“Political leaders do not have the luxury of time and must rise to the moment,” Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the UN envoy to Iraq, said in a video presentation to the UN Security Council.

The envoy noted that more than 400 people have been killed and more than 19,000 injured in two months of unrest in Iraq that has pitted protesters demanding sweeping reform against security forces.

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