Suicide attacks in Somali capital condemned by UN chief

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Ban Ki-moon

Terrorism must not be allowed to roll back important gains in the ongoing peace process to create a new government and permanent state institutions in Somalia

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said in a statement following an attempt to blow up a building where the Somali National Constituent Assembly was meeting to adopt a new constitution on Wednesday.

Mr. Ban welcomed the overwhelming adoption of the Somali Provisional Constitution and congratulated the delegates and Somali leadership for what he called a "historic achievement".

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky has more.

"The Secretary-General encourages all stakeholders to undertake the last steps to end the transition peacefully, united, and with the best interest of the Somali people in mind. He reminds those who might try to undermine the ongoing process that acts of intimidation will not be tolerated. In this regard, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide attacks carried out today near the National Constituent Assembly venue, which resulted in the deaths of several people. Terrorism must not be allowed to roll back the important gains that have been made so far."

(Duration: 29")

Mr. Nesirky said the attempt to disrupt the process of adopting the new constitution was promptly foiled by the Somali security forces.

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