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Annan urges international resolve to help Iraqis after latest terrorist attack

17 March 2004 Reacting to the latest deadly bombing in Baghdad, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan described today's terrorist attack as "very tragic" and called for international cooperation to help Iraqis go about their daily lives in peace.

In response to a media question following the bombing of a Baghdad hotel and adjacent apartment building, Mr. Annan said the violence and series of terrorist attacks there recently are disrupting not just efforts to stabilize Iraq but also the lives of average Iraqis.

"I think it is very tragic that we are having all of these brutal attacks.And it is really, really, very difficult for people who have suffered so much to go through these sort of daily and frequent bombings. It is really painful," he said.

The Secretary-General called for support from everyone to try "to bring a modicum of stability to Iraq," and urged the international community and those people working alongside Iraqis to "remain steadfast and determined."

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