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EU condemns car bombings in Iraq

BRUSSELS, Sept 5 (KUNA) -- EU High Representative Catherine Ashton Thursday condemned "in the strongest terms" the series of car bombings that killed many civilians on Tuesday in predominantly- Shiite districts of Baghdad.
"I am seriously concerned by the escalation of violence in Iraq over the past months which is fuelling sectarianism and undermining the stability of the country," she said in a statement.
Ashton called on all political, religious and community leaders to increase their efforts to end this dangerous cycle of violence.
"I am confident that the Iraqi people will remain steadfast in their rejection of sectarian violence and work towards a successful transition to democracy and long term stability for the benefit of all of Iraq's citizens," she added. (end) nk.gta KUNA 051945 Sep 13NNNN