Al-Shabaab terrorist group attack on the UN and civilians unacceptable: Ban

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UN Secretary-General speaks to the press regarding the deadly attack on the UN compound in Somalia. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

This is totally unacceptable when the United Nations is there to help the Somali people, to provide development, aid, also ensure political stability and promote human dignity there, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday during a meeting with State Councilor Yang Jiechi of China.

Earlier, at a press encounter, the Secretary-General expressed his outrage at "this despicable terrorist attack against the United Nations and civilians".

“The United Nations will never be deterred by these terrible attacks. We are there to help the Somali government and people to establish political stability and promote development, and promote human rights and human dignity. It is totally unacceptable.”

Secretary-General Ban stressed that the United Nations will not be deterred by this terrorist act, adding 'We will continue to deliver on our mandate to the people of Somalia".

He said he has asked President Hassan Mohamud of Somalia to strengthen the security and safety measures for UN staff and other civilians.

And, he has also asked AMISOM, the African Union peacekeepers, to provide the necessary security and safety.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’09″

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