Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson
of the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
The Suicide Bomb Attack in Istanbul, Sultanahmet district
New York – 12 January 2016
The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, condemns in the strongest possible terms the suicide bomb attack in Turkey that killed 10 innocent victims, while wounding 15 others in the Sultanahmet district, Istanbul today.
Mr. Al-Nasser expressed his profound sadness over the outrageous attack that targeted innocent people. He reaffirmed that such heinous acts are clear threats to peace and security and run contrary to the values of tolerance, peaceful dialogue and mutual respect that constitute the core of the mission of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which the Government of Turkey is a co-sponsor. Mr. Al-Nasser said that in the midst of such a tragic event, the international community should remain united in their stand against terrorists and in countering all forms of violence and terrorist acts.
The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and to the Government and people of Turkey. He said his prayers and that of the staff of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations are with Government and people of Turkey.