U.N. Chief Signs Condolence Book For Victims of Turkish Terrorism Attack

New York, N.Y. There is no justification for terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated after signing a book of condolences for the victims of the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport.

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Paying his respects at the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations in New York, the Secretary-General extended his deepest condolences to the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

“I sincerely hope that the Turkish people and Government will be able to overcome…this shocking tragedy,” Mr. Ban told a small group of journalists, adding that the UN stands firmly with the fight against terrorism and extremism.

He added that “nothing can justify such kind of heinous terrorist attacks” and that they “must be defeated in the name of humanity.”

e noted that Istanbul has been a “crossroad of many people” including millions of refugees fleeing Syria and other conflicts, and highlighted the need for all people’s security and safety.

Mr. Ban urged the international community to unite to defeat and counter terrorism, and to prevent violent extremism.

This will likely be his message this afternoon, when Mr. Ban addresses the 193 Member States of the UN General Assembly about the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy.

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