Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the recent attacks in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - June 13, 2014
Cyprus strongly and unequivocally denounces the recent attacks in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other terrorist groups, which have reportedly taken control of a number of Iraqi cities.
The rapidly unfolding events pose a very serious threat to the stability of Iraq and the wider region and highlight the dangerous repercussions of a major spill-over from the Syrian crisis.
Cyprus stands ready to assist efforts by the international community to help the Iraqi people confront this very serious challenge.
We express our solidarity and grave concern for the plight of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have fled their homes seeking refuge in other areas of the country and offer our condolences to the families of the victims.
Cyprus reiterates the critical importance of preserving the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Iraq.
Source: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS