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French EU Presidency firmly condemns Iraq bombing

PARIS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- France, which holds the rotating Presidency of the European Union, on Friday "firmly condemned" the massive bomb explosion in Kirkuk Thursday, which killed at least 50 people and wounded 100 others.
"This bombing hits a city where political balance is crucial for the stability of Iraq," a statement from the EU Presidency remarked.
The EU said that "it once again exhorts all Iraqis to unite in rejecting violence, in consolidating the progress made in security matters, and in settling differences in a peaceful manner through institutional means." France has welcomed the improvement in Iraqs internal security situation but sporadic violence has again been witnessed in a number of cities, including the capital, Baghdad, in recent weeks. (end) jk.rk KUNA 121640 Dec 08NNNN