UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was sending an envoy to Iraq following twin car bombings that killed at least 135 people in Baghdad at the weekend.
"In response to a request from the government of Iraq, I will send Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco to Iraq for preliminary consultations related to Iraq's security and sovereignty," Ban told a press conference yesterday.
"As elsewhere," said Ban, "these acts of violence target the innocent and aim to disrupt the country's fragile democracy."
A truck bomb and a minibus bomb targeted the justice ministry and the offices of the Baghdad provincial government on Sunday, in the deadliest coordinated attack to hit Iraq in more than two years.
Officials say the actual casualty figures could be even higher, and an Iraqi interior ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said 155 people were killed.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq claimed the attacks in an online statement.
Some 100 people were also killed in another twin car bombing in Baghdad in mid-August.