Ban Ki-moon on the attack in Pakistan (16 December 2014) - Security Council, 7343rd meeting
Before addressing today’s formal agenda, I would like to say a few words about the bloodcurdling attack today in Pakistan.
The hearts of the world go out to the parents and families who have lost loved ones in the horrific attack at a school in Peshawar this morning, which has taken the lives of more than 130 people, the vast majority children.
I condemn this heinous act in the strongest possible terms. No cause can justify such brutality. No grievance can excuse such horror. It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenseless children while they learn.
Schools must be safe and secure learning spaces. Getting an education is every child’s right. Going to school should not have to be an act of bravery.
I extend my deepest condolences to the people, Government and particularly those touched by today’s tragedy.
The United Nations will continue to support the efforts of the Pakistani authorities in their fight against terrorism and extremism. I urge the Government of Pakistan to make every effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.