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UN Chief says attacks in Sri Lanka, other countries show global reach of terrorism

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 8, 2019 19:59

UN Chief says attacks in Sri Lanka, other countries show global reach of terrorism

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has pointed out that the recent despicable attacks in Kenya, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, among others, are tragic reminders of the global reach of the scourge of terrorism.

In remarks made at the official launch of the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, in New York, Guterres said he established the Office of Counter-Terrorism in 2017 for several fundamental reasons:  to help strengthen international counter-terrorism cooperation; to expand multilateral networks for sharing information to detect, identify, disrupt and prosecute terrorists; and to ensure that Member States most affected by terrorism have the capacity to tackle this evolving threat.

He mentioned that the recent despicable attacks in Kenya, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, among others, are tragic reminders of the global reach of the scourge of terrorism.  He added that these attacks underscore the need to work closely with partners across the United Nations system and beyond.

Meanwhile a commemorative event for the victims of the Eastern Sunday terror attack in Sri Lanka has been held at the General Assembly Hall of the UN Headquarters in New York. The event to honour the victims, their families and all those affected by the terror attacks was co-sponsored by the office of the President of the General Assembly and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka at the United Nations.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 8, 2019 19:59