Joint Statement on the attack of Somali Ministers and civilians in Mogadishu

Published: December 3, 2009

The InterGovernmental Authority on Development
League of Arab States
The United Nations
The United States of America
Nairobi, 03 December 2009: The European Union, the InterGovernmental Authority on Development, the League of Arab States, Norway, the United Nations, and the United States all condemn in the strongest terms today’s cowardly acts of terrorism killing Somali officials and civilians in Mogadishu.
The horrific attack is another demonstration of the extremists’ complete disregard for human life. The fact this bombing targeted graduating medical students—the future doctors of Somalia—is particularly egregious. These desperate acts, however, will not deter the international community from continuing its support to the Somali Government and the Somali people who are working to restore peace and stability in Somalia.
The attack killed three ministers and seriously wounded a fourth, who were working selflessly for the reconciliation of Somalia. The Ministers were merely carrying out their civic duties in attending a graduation ceremony in which young, enterprising Somalis were participating in what should have been a landmark occasion in their young lives. The killing of the two journalists who were reporting at the location is an outrage and an effrontery to the international and national media community and the people of Somali as it brings the number of journalist killed this year to eight.
The EU, IGAD, LAS, Norway, the UN and the US send their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims of this cold-blooded attack, as well as to the Government and the people of Somalia.

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