UN chief signs condolence book for victims of Turkish terrorism attack
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,” Ban told a small group of journalists, adding that the UN stands firmly with the fight against terrorism and extremism.
He 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.
Ban urged the international community to unite to defeat and counter terrorism, and to prevent violent extremism.
He added that “nothing can justify such kind of heinous terrorist attacks” and that they “must be defeated in the name of humanity.”
This will likely be his message this afternoon, when Ban addresses the 193 Member States of the UN General Assembly about the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy.