Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey
The Secretary-General condemns the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara today. He expresses his deepest condolences to the family of Ambassador Karlov and to the Government and people of the Russian Federation.
The Secretary-General is appalled by this senseless act of terror and emphasizes that there can be no justification for the targeting of diplomatic personnel and civilians. The Secretary-General is following the unfolding situation closely and wishes the other people who were reportedly injured in the attack a speedy and full recovery.
21 August 2016 The Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack on a wedding party in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey. This act, reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber, killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this act will be quickly identified and brought to justice. He again stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism.
The Secretary-General is following closely and with concern the fast-moving developments in Turkey.
At this moment of uncertainty in the country, the Secretary-General appeals for calm, non-violence and restraint. Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, remain of vital importance.
The Secretary-General underscores that military interference in the affairs of any state is unacceptable. It will be crucial to quickly and peacefully affirm civilian rule and constitutional order in accordance with principles of democracy.
The Secretary-General condemns today’s bombing in central Istanbul, which is reported to have killed and injured dozens of people. This is the latest in a recent series of terrorist attacks in Turkey. The perpetrators of this appalling violence must be brought to justice, consistent with human rights obligations. The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of today’s attack and to the people and Government of Turkey.
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