Senior UN envoy condemns assassination of Iraqi general

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq today condemned the assassination of the brother of the war-torn country’s Sunni Arab vice president as “particularly shocking” and called on the Iraqi authorities to “relentlessly pursue the perpetrators and bring them before the law.” According to news reports, Gen. Amir al-Hashimi, brother of Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi and an adviser to the Defence Ministry, was killed by gunmen who entered his home in Baghdad wearing military uniforms.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi warned that the continuation of this violence can only serve Iraq’s enemies and obstruct the path to peace and stability.“Mr. Qazi equally condemns all acts of political and sectarian violence that is tearing at the political and social fabric of Iraq,” the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement.He called on all the leaders of Iraq to “urgently address the implementation” of an agreement they reached a week ago to end the bloodshed.