UN chief condemns deadly Istanbul attack as 'appalling violence'

A busy street in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie

19 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today's bombing in the Turkish city of Istanbul and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, consistent with human rights obligations.

“This is the latest in a recent series of terrorist attacks in Turkey,” the Secretary-General said in a statement from his spokesperson.

A week ago, a car bomb tore through the capital city of Ankara, killing dozens of people.

Today, Mr. Ban again extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Turkey.

In a separate statement, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expressed its condolences and solidarity with the people and Government of Turkey.

Speaking on behalf of the entire international tourism community, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said “this tragic event reminds us once more that we are facing a global threat that requires a firm and coordinated response.”

Noting Turkey's destination for tourists, he said that “it is time to stand by Turkey in facing this challenge.”

In a Tweet, UNDP Turkey said its staff shared the pain of those who had lost relatives, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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