UN Secretary-General, Security Council welcome death of bin Laden

08:51, May 03, 2011      

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Photo taken on May 2, 2011 shows a UN Security Council meeting on the death of Osama bin Laden in the UN headquarters in New York, the United States. The UN Security Council on Monday welcomed the news of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death as a "critical development" in the global anti-terror campaign, and "urges all States to remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism." (Xinhua/Bai Jie)

Both the chief executive and the top legislative body of the United Nations on Monday welcomed the death of al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama bin Laden, regarded by many as a symbol of international terrorism.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said bin Laden's death was "a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism."

The UN Security Council hailed it as a "critical development" in the campaign against terrorism.

The world organization has been in the crosshairs of bin Laden, killed Sunday in a U.S. raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and the terrorist ring he founded and led, al-Qaeda.

"The death of Osama bin Laden, announced (by U.S. President Barack Obama) last night, is a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism," Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. "The crimes of Al Qaeda touched most continents, bringing tragedy and loss of life to thousands of men, women and children," he added.

"This is a day to remember the victims and families of victims, " said Ban, mindful of the UN staffers who fell victims to terrorists. "The United Nations will continue to fight against terrorism and will lead this campaign to fight against terrorism."

Then, in the evening this month's president of the Security Council, French Ambassador Gerard Araud read out a Presidential Statement before the other 14 members of the panel, recalling "the heinous terrorist attacks which took place on Sept. 11, 2001 in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania and the other numerous attacks perpetrated by the network throughout the world."

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Source: Xinhua
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