UN chief Ban-Ki moon and the United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned in strongest terms the twin car bombing attacks in central Baghdad that killed over 150 people, and asked Iraqis to unite in the face of these “deplorable” acts.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,” Vietnamese envoy to the UN, Le Luong Minh, who holds the rotating Council presidency, read out from a press statement here.

The Security Council has “reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse a path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq, which is supported by the people and the Government of Iraq and the international community.”

Earlier, Mr. Ban also condemned the double bombings and called on all Iraqis to work to protect the progress the country has made.

Mr. Ban “strongly condemns these senseless and indiscriminate acts of violence that repeatedly target the innocent and aim to disrupt Iraq’s recovery,” his spokesperson, Michele Montas said in a statement.

“The Secretary-General urges all Iraqis to unite in the face of these deplorable acts and to work with heightened urgency to protect Iraq’s political progress, including by adhering to the date of 16 January 2010 to hold free and fair national elections,” he said.

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