Ban Ki-moon's speeches


Remarks following Security Council statement on the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Headquarters, 27 December 2007

I am shocked and outraged by the assassination of former Prime Minister, Mrs. Benazir Bhutto, and many other civilians who have been killed by this terrorist suicide bombing.

I call upon the Government authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and I condemn in the strongest possible terms this assassination of Mrs. Bhutto.

In that regard I welcome the Security Council's Presidential Statement condemning it in the strongest possible terms. I think this is a very appropriate measure by the Security Council, and I am grateful to the President and members of the Security Council.

At this time I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families of Mrs. Bhutto, her colleagues, supporters and people and Government of Pakistan, while urging calm and restraint in Pakistan. I strongly call upon all Pakistanis to exercise maximum restraint for national unity and peace in this very difficult moment. I wish all the best to the people and Government of Pakistan in managing this very difficult situation.