YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–In a statement released by Armenia’s Foreign minister Vartan Oskanian–Armenia condemned Tuesday’s bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad–which killed at least 20 people–including the top UN envoy in Iraq.
"Armenia condemns the outrageous attack against the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad. Our sympathies go to all UN staff and their families–who are directly or indirectly affected by this affront against their professional commitment. We mourn the loss of Sergio Vieira de Mello who as Kofi Annan’s personal representative there personified the UN resolve to support the Iraqi people in the development of a sovereign and independent Iraq. This attack is an assault against that ideal. . . Armenia believes that the principles–which have guided the UN will prevail and that the organization and its dedicated staff will continue to try to improve lives around the world–even in the face of such senseless violence," read Oskanian’s statement.
Increased security concerns following the explosion in Baghdad do not seem to have affected Armenia’s decision to send military doctors and demining troops to Iraq in a move that will make Armenia a part of the US-led multinational force trying to stabilize the country after the ouster of Saddam Hussein. Armenia’s plans to join the coalition forces were first made public by the Armenian embassy in Washington on Monday.