29 July 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General, Condemning 17 July Attack on Turkish Office Staff in Mogadishu,

Expresses Hope It Will Not Weaken Support of Somalia’s Partners

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the 27 July terrorist attack on the office housing Turkish personnel in Mogadishu.

The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to the people of Turkey and its Government, as well as to the Somali people.  His thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured.

Turkey is an important partner of the Federal Government of Somalia and is trying, under very difficult circumstances, to assist the people of the country in their efforts to achieve peace, stability and development.  Terrorist attacks of this nature should not deter Somalia’s partners or weaken their resolve to stand by the people and Government of Somalia as they work courageously to build peace in their country.

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