Saddened by United States college shootings, Ban Ki-moon voices hope for healing

17 April 2007

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced sadness at the shooting rampage yesterday at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the United States, while expressing hope that the many affected individuals and communities would be able to embark on a deep process of healing.

“I feel very much sorry and troubled, and any such rampant killing of innocent citizens and children is totally not acceptable and I condemn it in strongest terms possible,” Mr. Ban said in response to questions by reporters in New York.

His spokesperson later added: “This tragic incident underscores the common bonds of all humanity. We all grieve with the survivors and the families of all victims.”

The Secretary-General offered his hopes “for a profound healing process for the many individuals and communities affected,” spokesperson Michele Montas said.


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