Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned on Thursday of attempts to return the country to “sectarian civil war,” as a wave of violence killed more than 140 people over three days.Maliki called on clerics, and everyone worried about Iraq’s future, “to take the initiative, and not be silent about those who want to take the country back to sectarian civil war,” in remarks broadcast on state television.
Terrorism and al-Qaeda are Iraq’s major enemies, Maliki said, urging all citizens to unite to face the threat.
Maliki said that the most dangerous thing to do during the current crisis is to leave the situation in the hands of those who stir up conflict and plan exploit the situation.
In the same vein, Maliki has slammed opposition calls to boycott the provincial elections.
“Demands will be met through dialogue,” Maliki said. “What can be achieved through dialogue can never be achieved with terrorism.”
“If a sectarian conflict stirs up in the country, there will be no winner; everyone will be a loser,” Maliki added.