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11 DECEMBER 2007
RP CONDEMNS CAR BOMB ATTACKS ON UN OFFICES IN ALGERIA
NEW YORK—The Philippines today joined the worldwide condemnation of the terrorist car bomb attacks that struck the offices of the United Nations in Algeria on Tuesday, killing more than 45 people, including several UN staff members, and wounding scores of others.
"The Philippine Government expresses its strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks in Algeria this morning that left many people dead, including several UN staff members," Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral told the 62 nd General Assembly in her statement a few hours after the attacks.
Secretary Cabral is in New York as head of the Philippine Delegation for the Commemorative High Level Plenary Meeting Devoted to the Follow Up to the Outcome of the Special Session on Children where she co-chair one of the panel discussions.
"The Philippines grieves with the people and government of Algeria, the United Nations, and the families of the victims," Secretary Cabral said. "These attacks are unacceptable and those behind this crime should be brought to justice."
Ambassador Hilario G. Davide Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, also condemned the terrorist attack, the second such incident that targeted the UN since the 2003 car bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people including Ambassador Sergio Vieira de Mello.
"The Philippines joins the rest of the international community in condemning this barbaric act. The perpetrators should not go unpunished," Ambassador Davide said after expressing the Philippine government's sympathy to Algerian Permanent Representative Youcef Yousfi.
Ambassador Davide said that the Philippine Mission to the United Nations was in touch with the UN Secretariat in New York to ascertain if there were Filipinos among the 10 UN staff members who were reportedly killed in the attack that was claimed by an Algerian militant group with links to Al Qaeda.
A UN official, however, informed the Philippine Mission that although authorities have not classified the victims by nationalities, the UN is not aware of any Filipino among the casualties. There are approximately 800 Filipino staff members serving at the UN headquarters in New York plus an undetermined number working in UN peacekeeping missions and other UN agencies in various parts of the world. The UN has a total of 40 international staff in Algeria, including 19 international staff , 21 temporary hires and 115 local UN staff. ###
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