Secretary-General condemns attack on French embassy in Libya

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Ban Ki-moon

Targeting diplomatic missions and their staff is not acceptable and unjustifiable, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said following a car bomb attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban condemned the attack in the strongest terms and sent his sympathies to the victims and their families.

According to media reports, two security guards and a Libyan teenager were wounded in the explosion. One of the guards reportedly required emergency surgery.

Eduardo del Buey is a spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General is confident that the Libyan authorities will take every action to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack are brought to justice and that adequate protection for diplomatic premises is provided. The Secretary-General calls on all Libyans to support their Government’s efforts to establish strong and effective security institutions." (17 secs)

Mr. Ban said the United Nations remains committed to assisting the Libyan Government and people with the process of building a democratic state and affirming the rule of law.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’05″

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