17 AUGUST 2018
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the wreath‑laying ceremony marking the fifteenth anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, in New York today:
Dear colleagues and friends, survivors and families, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I would ask you all please to observe a minute of silence in memory of our dear fallen colleagues.
16 AUGUST 2018
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:
The Secretary‑General condemns in the strongest terms the suicide attack yesterday on an education centre in Kabul. According to reports, many of the victims at the co‑educational facility were students under the age of 18. Those responsible for this heinous attack must be held accountable.
Special Envoy de Mistura continues his consultations on the establishment of a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned and UN-facilitated constitutional committee, within the framework of the Geneva process and in accordance with Security Council resolution 2254 (2015).
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
The Secretary General conveys his condolences to the families who have suffered from the recent Taliban attacks in Ghazni.
The Secretary-General stresses the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of talks between the parties to the conflict to negotiate a sustainable peace. The targeting of civilians and of civilian facilities are clear violations of international humanitarian law.