Strongly condemning the terrorist attacks carried out separately today in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that, far from weakening the world’s resolve, the heinous incidents will only strengthen commitment to defeating all forms of terrorism.
In a statement released by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, and stressed, “those responsible for these appalling acts of violence must be swiftly brought to justice.”
In a separate statement, the UN Security Council condemned the incidents equally strongly, laying out the specific circumstances of the attacks: against a chemical products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, triggering an explosion and killing at least one through a gruesome beheading while injuring others; a bomb attack in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, Kuwait, killing at least 24 and injuring many more; and gunmen attacking a tourist hotel near Sousse, Tunisia, killing at least 37 and injuring many others.
The Secretary-General in his statement affirmed that, far from weakening the international community’s resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism, such heinous attacks would only strengthen the commitment of the United Nations to help defeat those bent on murder, destruction and the annihilation of human development and culture.
Mr. Ban, as well as the Security Council extended condolences to the families of those killed and injured in today’s attacks and expressed his solidarity with the peoples and Governments of Tunisia, Kuwait and France.
Also condemning the attacks, President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa said the unrelenting wave of terrorist attacks across the world today, across three continents, once again attest to the need for continued resolve and engagement by Member States to find combat violent extremism and intolerance."
Later in the day, the UN High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser also strongly condemned the series of attacks.
In a statement, he stressed that such heinous acts and all other attacks targeting innocent people are criminal and unjustifiable and their perpetrators must be brought to justice.
“Crimes as such, will only lead to more hatred and violence, posing a serious threat to international peace and security,” joining other UN officials in extending heartfelt sympathy to the victims’ families and loved ones.
He also expressed support to the peoples and Governments of Tunisia, Kuwait and France.