“The attack on the UN mission in Baghdad will resonate in our consciousness for as long as we live,” Mr. Annan told the congregation at the Holy Family Church of the bombing that killed 22 people, including the top UN envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.”Yet as the grieving process takes its course, and the work of healing begins, we must learn to draw strength and purpose from this experience. We must learn to apply the lessons it has taught us. We must find the best way to honour the memory of our fallen friends. We must carry on their work. We must confront death by reaffirming the value of life,” he added.”So as all the world’s nations meet for this General Assembly, I ask you to pray for our United Nations. I ask you to pray for our lost colleagues, and for their families and loved ones. I ask you to pray for the rest of us, that we may find the right way forward. I ask you to pray for Iraq and for the whole family of nations, that their people be allowed to live in dignity, freedom, justice and peace,” he concluded. read more