Friday, December 12, 2008

Security Council condemns ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attacks in Mumbai



Ban deplores coordinated terror attacks in Mumbai

26 November 2008 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned tonight''s coordinated series of shootings and blasts by terrorists in Mumbai, which have killed or wounded scores of people in India''s commercial capital and largest city.
“Such violence is totally unacceptable,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “The Secretary-General reiterates his conviction that no cause or grievance can justify indiscriminate attacks against civilians.”
Mr. Ban offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded and voiced his solidarity with India''s Government and its people. He also called for the perpetrators of tonight''s attacks to be brought to justice.
India has been hit by many terrorist acts this year, including deadly explosions in the north-eastern state of Assam last month and earlier attacks in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and Delhi.
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Security Council condemns ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attacks in Mumbai

28 November 2008 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that started on 26 November, which included the taking of hostages and caused numerous deaths and injuries in India’s financial capital.
“The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of India,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press last night.
The attacks, which have now stretched into their third day, targeted two major hotel complexes and several other locations in India’s largest city, leaving at least 140 people dead and more than 300 wounded. Rescue operations are still ongoing to try to free the remaining hostages.
Council members “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice” and urged all States to cooperate with the Indian authorities in this regard.
“All acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation,” the Council reiterated in its statement.
The Mumbai attacks are just the latest in a series of acts of terrorism to strike the South Asian nation over the course of the past year. The north-eastern state of Assam and the cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and Delhi have all fallen victim to the scourge.
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in February 2008
In wake of Mumbai attacks, Ban reaffirms role of UN in countering terrorism

2 December 2008 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed his determination for the United Nations to play a lead role in dealing with the menace of terrorism as he stressed the need to bring the perpetrators of last week’s coordinated deadly attacks in Mumbai to justice.
Mr. Ban spoke by telephone this morning with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, conveying his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded in the Mumbai attacks.
Media reports say at least 172 people died in the attacks in India’s commercial capital and largest city, which began on the evening of 26 November. The terrorists struck a series of sites across the city, including a major railway station, two luxury hotels, a café, a cinema and a Jewish centre.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that he and Mr. Singh agreed it was critical to bring the perpetrators of the attacks to justice and “that all should fully cooperate in this effort.”
Mr. Ban and the Security Council both issued statements last week in the immediate wake of the attacks condemning the events.
Today’s statement noted that “while commending the courage and resilience shown by the Government and people of India, the Secretary-General reaffirmed his condemnation of terrorism and his determination to provide a lead role for the United Nations in dealing with this global menace.”
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