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Jun 16, 2014 1:57 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

UN relocates 58 international staff from Baghdad

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations says it has relocated 58 staff members from Baghdad, and may move additional personnel out of the Iraqi capital in the coming days because of growing security concerns.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq made the announcement Monday when asked whether the U.N. stood by his statement Friday that "Baghdad is safe."

"I think the fact that we're going to be relocating some staff speaks for itself," Haq said. "The situation has changed on the ground in the last few days and we are adjusting our posture accordingly."

He said some 200 U.N. international staff were in Baghdad and 58, now in Amman, Jordan, will be relocated to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.

"We are going to continue with our activities whether political or humanitarian or otherwise," Haq said.

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