UN envoy urges Iraqi leaders to agree on speaker nomination: spokesperson

UNITED NATIONS, July 7 (Xinhua) -- A UN envoy has called on Iraq's political leaders to reach an agreement on a speaker for the Council of Representatives as soon as possible, a UN spokesperson said here on Monday.

Nickolay Mladenov, head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq ( UNAMI), has been in talks with a number of Iraqi political leaders over the last few days and has encouraged everyone to stay within the framework of the constitutional political process, the deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq said at a daily news briefing.

The envoy said the blocs in parliament should limit the number of days for final negotiations, and work within constitutionally mandated timelines for the necessary nominations, Haq added.

Earlier on Monday, Iraq's parliament postponed its session scheduled on Tuesday due to the failure of the political blocs to agree on the three top posts of speaker, president and prime minister.

At a recent press conference, Mladenov said it was imperative that national leaders work together to foil attempts by insurgents to destroy the social fabric of Iraqi society. Large parts of the country remain under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS), and other armed groups.

According to the UN, June was the deadliest month in the country since 2007 with the insurgency claiming some 2,400 lives - more than half of them civilians. More than 2,417 Iraqis were killed and another 2,287 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence.