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27 October 2003

U.N. Calls Attack on Red Cross in Baghdad a Crime Against Humanity

Annan urges authorities in Iraq to bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice

A United Nations spokesman said Secretary General Kofi Annan was "deeply dismayed" over the series of terrorist attacks in Baghdad, and described the attack upon the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a "crime against humanity."

According to a statement released in New York October 27, Annan spoke with ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger to convey his condolences. The ICRC, said the statement, "is a universally respected humanitarian organization. Its neutrality and impartiality are the mainstays of its operations."

The statement also relayed Annan's view that all terrorist acts are "morally repugnant and indefensible" and his call to authorities in Iraq to "take every possible measure to bring those responsible to justice."

Following is the text of the United Nations statement:

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Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General

Terrorist attacks in Iraq

The Secretary-General is deeply dismayed at the latest series of terrorist attacks which took place in Baghdad today, resulting in numerous deaths and casualties. He unequivocally condemns these attacks in the strongest possible terms.

The Secretary-General deplores the targeting of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baghdad. The ICRC is a universally respected humanitarian organization. Its neutrality and impartiality are the mainstays of its operations. Today's attack on it is a crime against humanity.

The Secretary-General, who spoke directly with Jakob Kellenberger, President of the ICRC, this morning, expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who have been killed or injured in these attacks. He shares their sorrow and grief.

The Secretary-General reiterates once again that all terrorist acts, from whatever quarter and whatever their justification, are morally repugnant and indefensible. He calls on the authorities in Iraq to take every possible measure to bring those responsible to justice.

New York, 27 October 2003

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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