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UN secretary-general: France attack ‘cold-blooded crime’

January 7, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Wednesday’s deadly terrorist attack on a French satirical newspaper in the strongest terms and called for the perpetrators to be quickly brought to justice.

The council called it “barbaric and cowardly,” and a “reprehensible” terrorist act. The U.N. chief said it was “a horrendous, unjustifiable and cold-blooded crime.”

Ban spoke to the media hours after masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the newpaper Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people, including the editor. Chile’s U.N. Ambassador Cristian Barros Melet, the current council president, read a statement supported by all 15 members soon after.

Ban expressed outrage at the “assault on a cornerstone of democracy.”

“This horrific attack was meant to divide,” he said. “We must not fall into that trap. This is a moment of solidarity around the world.”

The Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat terrorism saying “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation.”

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