UN condemns bombings of two churches in Egypt
In a statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that he hoped 'the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice'.
CAPE TOWN - The United Nations (UN) has condemned the bombings of two Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, which killed at least 41 people and injured more than 100 others.
In a statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that he hoped “the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.”
In a separate press statement, the Council called the bombings “heinous and cowardly,” and reaffirmed that terrorism is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
The bombings were also strongly condemned by the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), which noted that the attacks took place during Palm Sunday celebrations when both churches were packed with worshippers “aim at ruining the unity and diversity that characterise the Egyptian society.”
Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the UN, the Alliance maintains a global network of partners, including States, international and regional organisations, civil society groups,
foundations, and the private sector to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and communities.
Guterres, the Security Council and the UNAOC expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured, according to separate statements.
The 15-member Council also stressed the need to bring everyone responsible for the attacks to justice, and urged UN Member States to co-operate with the government of Egypt and all other relevant authorities.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)