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Ban Condemns Bombing In Lebanese City Of Tripoli

Ban Urges Lebanese Not To Let Latest Bombing Deter Efforts At National Dialogue

New York, Sep 29 2008 4:10PM

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, and urged the people of the Middle East nation to forge ahead with national reconciliation efforts in spite of the violence.

Today’s bombing reportedly killed at least four people including three members of the Lebanese Armed Forces.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government and Armed Forces of Lebanon.

“The Secretary-General remains encouraged by the measures taken in recent weeks by the Lebanese to resume the national dialogue and calls upon them not to be deterred by this new attack,” the statement added.

Earlier this month a car bombing outside of the capital, Beirut, claimed the life of senior politician Saleh Aridi and wounded six others.

Speaking before dozens of world leaders gathered for the annual high-level debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York last week, President Michel Sleiman called for the confronting of terrorism in all its forms, noting that Lebanese army and internal security forces have been the victims of several “brutal attacks” in recent years from terrorist groups.

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