Thank you Mr. Chairman
Last Friday January 17, Kabul fell victim to another indiscriminate and criminal terrorist suicide attack. The attack took the lives of 21 innocent individuals in a Lebanese Restaurant with no regard to their nationality, race, religion, creed or color. Among the victims were 13 internationals and 8 Afghans. I had the honor of knowing most of the victims and had personally worked with some of them during my tenure in Kabul.
Our heart, thoughts and condolences go out to all of those who have suffered losses through this terrorist attack. I would like to take this opportunity to express my delegation’s sincerest condolences to the families, friends and governments of the fallen victims. We are deeply sorry, and strongly condemn and deplore the acts of senseless violence and intimidation as committed by the terrorists and enemies of the Afghan people.
Having had the opportunity to work with some of the victims, I can say with confidence that despite nationality, religion or belief we were gathered around one mission and one dream, to work for peace, development, human rights and humanity and a better future for Afghanistan.
HE President Hamad Karzai has condemned this terrorist attack and extended his sympathies to the families of all victims. The President also received HE Mr. Jan Kubiš the SRSG in Afghanistan, and expressed his condolences for the fallen UN staff members.
The people of Afghanistan are committed to continuing their journey during the decade of transformation, and are determined to face all remaining challenges including terrorism. The people of Afghanistan are grateful for the last 12 years of support and sacrifices of our friends, and appreciate their commitments and continued support for Afghanistan which remain vital in the coming decade of transformation 2015 – 2025.