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    RUSSIAN SENATOR OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO RELATIVES, FRIENDS OF VICTIMS OF KERBELA AND BAGHDAD EXPLOSIONS

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 2 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Mikhail Margelov, president of the Russian Society for Solidarity with Peoples of Asia and Africa and chairman of the international committee of the Federation Council (the upper chamber of Russian parliament), has expressed condolences to the relatives and friends of victims of the explosions in Kerbela and Baghdad.

    "Such explosions, aimed against civilians, cannot be called other than acts of terrorism. After the recent terrorist acts in Moscow and other parts of the country, Russia understands the feelings and sorrow of the people of Iraq," Margelov told RIA Novosti.

    In his opinion, the developments in Iraq are an indication that "the situation in the republic is still very unstable." The head of the Federation Council international committee thinks inadmissible the situation when political differences lead to the death of civilians. "Those who stand behind the explosions are killers and terrorists and should be treated as such," he added.

    Despite the hardships, the process of stabilization in Iraq continues, even if some people do not like it, Margelov said.

    One confirmation is the recently adopted provisional constitution of Iraq, taking into consideration the interests of the majority of its ethnic and religious groups of population.

    In the opinion of the Russian senator, today's explosions, aimed against civilians, are "sort of reaction by the most reconcilable opponents of peace in the republic to this important step in the life of Iraq."

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