Iraqi PM calls for dialogue, warns of attempts to spark new sectarian war

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned on Thursday of a return to “sectarian civil war,” with 169 people killed in three days of violence and troops surrounding a town held by gunmen.

Maliki urged ordinary Iraqis “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.

“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.

Al Arabiya, United Arab Emirates

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