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Statement Attributable to Lakhdar Brahimi
Special Advisor to the Secretary-General

Baghdad, 17 May 2004 - The assassination of the Honourable President of the
Governing Council Ezz El-Din Salim this morning in Baghdad came as a great
shock to me and my colleagues from the United Nations. We condemn this
criminal act which has taken the life of one of Iraq’s most loyal and
patriotic citizens, a man who made every sacrifice for his country, who
worked sincerely and selflessly so that Iraq may regain its sovereignty and
strength. Mr. Salim gained the respect and admiration of his colleagues and
all those who got to know him.

My delegation and I had just spent three days with Mr. Ezz El-Din Salim in
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, where we were able to appreciate the depth of his
knowledge, his broad mindedness, his political vision, his humanity and his
profound belief in the ability of the citizens of Iraq to overcome this
difficult phase in the life of their nation and to build the new Iraq.

As soon we heard the tragic news this morning, we paid our respects to the
members of the Governing Council. On this painful occasion, my delegation
and I would like to extend our condolences to Mr. Ezz El-Din Salim’s family
and friends, as well as to the Iraqi people.

Lakhdar Brahimi
Special Advisor to the Secretary-General
Baghdad 17 May 2004

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