The U.N. and Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Monday condemned the terrorist attacks by the PKK in Şırnak province that left four police officers and a soldier dead along with two separate assaults on the U.S. Consulate building and a police station in Istanbul.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a written statement in which he condemned the terrorist attacks that took place in Istanbul and Şırnak provinces. Issued by his spokesman, the statement read: "[Ban] condemns today's series of terrorist attacks including on the security forces, both in Istanbul and in the southeast provinces, as well as on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul."
After the assault on a police station on Monday in the Sultanbeyli district of Istanbul that resulted in the death of one police officer, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) targeted the U.S. Consulate in the northern Sarıyer district of Istanbul. There were no reported casualties in the second attack.
Ban also emphasized the need to bring those responsible to justice. Ban had previously backed Turkey's fight against terrorist organizations in his statements, underlining that Turkey has the right to exercise self-defense.
Meanwhile, PACE President Anne Brasseur strongly condemned the attacks in a written statement. Condemning terrorism and offering condolences to families of the victims, Brasseur said: "Terrorism undermines the very foundations of democratic societies and can never be justified. My thoughts are first and foremost with the victims and their families." She further added that PACE is on the side of Turkey when it needs support of any kind regarding this matter.
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