UK For­eign Of­fice state­ment on An­fal Me­mo­rial Day

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

On the oc­ca­sion of An­fal Me­mo­rial Day, the For­eign Of­fice of the gov­ern­ment of the United King­dom is­sued a state­ment to re­mem­ber those who lost their lives.

Be­low is the state­ment which was read by a For­eign of­fice Spokesper­son, on Tues­day, April 14, 2015:

"To­day marks the an­niver­sary of the An­fal – Sad­dam Hus­sein’s bru­tal mil­i­tary cam­paign against the Kur­dish peo­ple in Iraq. Tens of thou­sands of in­no­cent Irqis were slaugh­tered as part of the An­fal. Thou­sands more were in­jured, maimed and ex­pelled from their homes and have to live with the last­ing im­pact of the chem­i­cal weapons used by Sad­dam’s forces on both the pop­u­la­tion and en­vi­ron­ment.

To­day is a day to hon­our those who were killed or in­jured as a re­sult of the An­fal. Our thoughts are with those who are mourn­ing the loss of loved ones."

As Min­is­ter for the Mid­dle East, To­bias Ell­wood, said on the an­niver­sary of the chem­i­cal weapons attack on the town of Hal­abja last month, “The Hal­abja at- tack and the An­fal Cam­paign were crimes of mon­strous pro­por­tions. Crimes like this must never hap­pen again.”

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