Press Releases

    22 March 2005

    Secretary-General Condemns Bomb Attack in Pakistan; Appeals for Calm in Face of “Brazen and Cowardly Act”

    NEW YORK, 21 March (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued on Sunday, 20 March, by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is outraged at reports of a bomb attack in a shrine in Baluchistan province of Pakistan that has killed a large number of people.

    He condemns in the strongest terms this attack that appears to have targeted civilians at a religious site and reiterates his well-known position that no cause can justify terrorist attacks anywhere.  The Secretary-General calls for those responsible to be brought to justice and appeals for calm and restraint in the face of this brazen and cowardly act.

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