Shocked by deadly attack in Bali, Annan calls for joint efforts to fight terror

Shocked by deadly attack in Bali, Annan calls for joint efforts to fight terror

Kofi Annan
Reacting with shock to the news of last night's deadly car bombing in Bali, Indonesia, which killed at least 180 people and wounded scores of others, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the attack and stressed the need for joint efforts in the fight against terrorism.

"[The Secretary-General] wishes to express, once again, his utter condemnation of all such indiscriminate attacks on civilians,” a spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement. “They violate all accepted standards of morality, as well as national and international law, and cannot be justified by any cause or ideology.”

“Such tragic events underscore the importance of cooperation by all States in the struggle against terrorism and to defend human rights, freedom and the rule of law,” the statement said.