Spanish ambassador residenceblast 'shows Iraqi fragility'
23 September 2004 NEW YORK - Spain's foreign minister said the bombing in Baghdad that damaged the Spanish ambassador's residence was evidence of the Arab nation's "fragility".
23 September 2004
NEW YORK - Spain's foreign minister said the bombing in Baghdad that damaged the Spanish ambassador's residence was evidence of the Arab nation's "fragility".
Miguel Angel Moratinos, speaking late Wednesday at the UN Security Council session, expressed his relief that the attack had not produced any casualties.
The residence of Spain's ambassador in the Iraqi capital sustained damage Wednesday from a car bomb that was detonated as a US military convoy passed.
Charge d'affaires Marcos Vega told EFE news agency the intended target of the blast was the military convoy then passing through Baghdad's upmarket Al Mansour neighborhood.
"The shockwave broke windows and knocked doors out of their frames ... Shrapnel landed in the garden and pool," Vega said.
"But we're all safe and sound," the diplomat added.
Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters, Moratinos said embassy personnel were in a state of "fear and concern" over the blast.
The attack drives home yet again the "fragility of the political process and security in Iraq," Moratinos said, adding that "what's needed is more politics and less military intervention."
"Elections need to be held as soon as possible, and democratic legitimacy needs to be achieved so as to ensure the Iraqi people's stability," he added.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero defended his decision to withdraw troops from Iraq, and said that in fighting terrorism democracy must not "betray its own essence" by restricting freedoms.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news