SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, visited Imam Ali shrine before heading on foot to meet with the religious Marjaa, Ali al-Sistani, while stressing that the visit is private and took place in direct coordination with the Office of the Grand Ayatollah.
The source told that “Kobler started his visit to Najaf by going to Imam Ali shrine and then went to Ali al-Sistani’s house.
Martin Kobler said in a press conference held after a meeting with al-Sistani in Najaf, that "I delivered the religious Marjaa in Iraq a message to take its role in solving the country's problems."
"Our message includes moderation, flexibility, peace and dialogue and solving the country's problems through dialogue," noting that "what encouraged us to come to Najaf is the recent statement issued by Sistani, released by his representative in Karbala."
He stressed that “he agreed with al-Sistani on the two points to resolve the crisis in the country by dialogue away from sectarian approach in political discourse."
The representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Iraq Martin Kobler said his talks with the Grand Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani expressed UN concern of lack of political parties to sit for dialogue in order to resolve the current crisis.
He said, at a news conference after his visit to the Sistani yesterday 13, Jan: "The visit was for dialogue, considering that there are demands on the table, and also there are important issues such as respect for human rights in Iraq."
Kobler appealed Iraqi government to "self-control ", stressing that protest is a right guaranteed by the Constitution.
He called on everyone to discuss the demands of the demonstrators and to maintain peace and flexibility in the dialogue.
He continued: "There are realistic demands and other non-realistic demands for the demonstrators, but what is important is sitting for dialogue and respect the law and the Constitution, and the House of Representatives must discuss all those demands."
He stressed, "The UN's vision is that everything should be according to the law and the Constitution and the need for all parties to sit with each other for dialogue."
The UN representative in Iraq Martin Kobler has arrived in Najaf on Sunday morning. Kobler had conducted, over the past several days, meetings with state officials and leaders of political blocs.-www.shfaqna.com/English