U.N. Iraq envoy warns of 'chaos' without progress to form government

BAGHDAD Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:58am EDT

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations Secretary-General Special Representative for Iraq, visits a Iraqi refugee camp on the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations Secretary-General Special Representative for Iraq, visits a Iraqi refugee camp on the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region June 14, 2014.

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.N. special envoy to Iraq said on Saturday the country could plunge into chaos if its divided parliament fails to move forward on forming a government in its next session set for Sunday.

Nickolay Mladenov called on all lawmakers to attend the session.

Lack of progress on choosing the top three government posts - president, prime minister, and speaker - "will only serve the interests of those who seek to divide the people of Iraq and destroy their chances for peace and prosperity," he said in a statement.

(Reporting By Maggie Fick, editing by John Stonestreet)

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