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Maliki slams West's 'selective' approach
Sun, 03 Apr 2011 06:21:20 GMT
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has criticized 'selective' approach of Western states in supporting anti-government protests in the Middle East and North African countries.

"Whatever decision is made on Libya should be applied on any government that suppresses its people with iron and fire," said Maliki in an interview with the Associated Press on Saturday.

"The process should not be selective... I want the international community to be fair, just and equal about all the areas in which peoples are suppressed," Maliki said as the Iraqi government expressed its outrage over Bahraini rulers' brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf littoral state.

The Bahraini police, backed by Saudi and UAE troops, have intensified the clampdown on opposition protesters who demand a constitutional monarchy.

Rights groups and opposition parties say hundreds of people have been detained or have gone missing since the protests began in mid-February, with at least 25 people killed and 1,000 others wounded so far.

"I stand against violent confrontation against any peaceful uprising that is calling for rights whether in Bahrain, or Syria or Libya or Egypt or in any other country and in Iraq in particular," he said.

Al-Maliki also warned that the Bahraini government's violent crackdown on demonstrators could trigger sectarian violence across the region.

As Western countries prefer to keep silence over Bahrain developments, they made efforts to pass a resolution in the UN Security Council to prepare the ground for attacking forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and supporting revolutionary forces in the oil-rich North African country.

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