02/03/2004
Press Release
SG/SM/9180



SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN KARBALA, BAGHDAD, QUETTA


AS ‘MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE AND WHOLLY INDEFENSIBLE


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:


The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks in Karbala and Baghdad.  He is particularly appalled that these incidents took place in and around Muslim shrines during the holy occasion of Ashura.


The Secretary-General urges all Iraqis to refrain from acts that could undermine efforts to achieve national reconciliation at this delicate stage of the country’s political situation.  He reiterates that Iraqis from all segments of society should work toward building political consensus and national reconciliation in a peaceful environment.


The Secretary-General is similarly appalled by reports of another attack, also during a procession today marking Ashura, in the Pakistani city of Quetta, which has resulted in the death and injury of dozens.  Once again, he strongly condemns such cowardly attacks.


The Secretary-General reiterates his position that all terrorist acts, whatever their justifications, are morally reprehensible and wholly indefensible.


The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the families of all the victims of today’s attacks.


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