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UN Chief Outraged by Attack in a Synagogue in Istanbul

UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar said Monday that he is “deeply shocked and outraged by the attack against a synagogue in Istanbul during the weekend and the resulting loss of human life.”

A statement released through his spokesman said the Secretary General “condemns in the strongest possible terms this odious and senseless act of terrorism.” The statement also condemned the hijacking of a Pan American airliner at Karachi airport last Friday. It recalled that the General Assembly adopted a resolution last December condemning international terrorism and the taking of hostages.

The statement said the Secretary General “strongly feels that every effort should be made by the international community and individual member states to implement this resolution and bring to an end such abhorrent practices.”