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UNESCO Director-General expresses shock over attacks in Algiers

On 11 December, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, sent from Dakar, his deepest condolences to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria and to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon following the two attacks in Algiers today that killed more than 60 people and injured many others, including law school students and staff of UNDP and UNHCR.

The Director-General has expressed his indignation and outrage, saying that “terrorist acts are in all cases unjustifiable and unacceptable. But when the targets are buses transporting students or buildings where United Nations employees are working peacefully towards a country’s development, one is left totally shocked by such acts of blind violence.”

“I express my deepest condolences to the Algerian people and to the families so cruelly affected,” wrote Mr. Matsuura to President Bouteflika whom he assured “of UNESCO’s commitment to continue our close cooperation in the fields of education, culture and communication, toward sustainable development and the promotion of dialogue and mutual understanding. We will not waver in the face of such acts.”

In his message to the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Matsuura expressed “his sadness and indignation following such acts that targeted members of the United Nations family. It is the whole UN System that is in shock today. In targeting the UNHCR and UNDP offices, it is our very mandate that has been attacked,” he declared. The Director-General asked Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to convey his deepest condolences to the victims’ families and to colleagues throughout the UN system.”

Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 196-2007 -  Publication Date: 12-12-2007

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