The deadly bombing in Bali was a “brutal and inhuman act” that reinforces the need for the entire world and the United Nations to fight terrorism together, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said today.
“It is important that all of us, all countries, come together to share information to decide not to support terrorism, not to give them financial support, not to give them safety, not to give them comfort,” Annan said during a visit to China.
“And if we do that, we will deny them the opportunities,” he said after being greeted by Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan.
The bombing on Saturday night killed nearly 200 people, including many tourists from Australia and other countries. No one claimed responsibility, but suspicion has fallen on Islamic terrorist groups.
Annan said such acts underscore the importance of the Security Council’s work to fight international terrorism.
“It is tragic. It is a brutal and inhuman act,” Annan said, adding that he sent his condolences to the victims’ families.
Annan also mentioned the bombing in an earlier meeting with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, saying it reinforced the need for all countries to “work together to defeat the scourge of terrorism”.
After his remarks, Annan followed Tang into a meeting room for talks expected to touch on Iraq and other issues under discussion in the UN Security Council.
In introductory remarks, Annan said he agreed with Tang that the world was “troubled”.
“I haven’t seen it this messy for a long time,” Annan said.