UN condemns France, Kuwait, Tunisia terror attacks

United Nations, June 27 (IANS) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, an official statement said.

In the string of attacks on Friday, a man was beheaded at a gas factory in France, at least 27 people were killed in a Shia mosque attack in Kuwait and 39 people were massacred by a gunman at a Tunisian beach resort.

Ban condemned the attacks in the strongest terms and stressed, “those responsible for these appalling acts of violence must be swiftly brought to justice”, the statement issued on Friday said.

In his statement, Ban 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 UN to help defeat those bent on murder, destruction and the annihilation of human development and culture.

Ban, as well as the Security Council, extended condolences to the families of those killed and injured in Friday’s attacks and expressed his solidarity with the people 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 (Friday), across three continents, once again attest to the need for continued resolve and engagement by Member States to find combat violent extremism and intolerance.”

The UN High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has also strongly condemned the series of attacks.

In a statement, he stressed that such heinous acts and all other attacks targetting 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,” Al-Nasser said.

Besides the UN, the attacks have also drawn worldwide condemnation.

“I am sickened by the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait. Our countries stand together in combating the horrors of terrorism,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.

“Once again, cowardly and traitorous hands have struck Tunisia, targetting its security and that of its children and visitors. No country is safe from terrorism, and we need a global strategy of all democratic countries,” Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said after visiting the rampage site.

The White House has also expressed solidarity with other nations in denouncing the attacks.

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