Your Excellency Mr. Secretary-General,
Your Excellency Mr. Varankov
Respected representatives of the victims of terrorism,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism, I welcome you all to this Photographic Exhibition on the occasion of the Second International Day of Remembrance of & Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.
Two years ago, the General Assembly adopted resolution 72/165, proposed by Afghanistan, which proclaimed this day, the 21st of August, as an International Day dedicated to the victims of terrorism around the world.
On this day we reiterate our firm commitment to the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and to the recognition and support of victims of terrorism and their families.
This year, the General Assembly has taken a further step by adopting resolution 73/305, proposed by Afghanistan, on the “Enhancement of International Cooperation to Assist Victims of Terrorism.” This important resolution urges Member States to develop comprehensive plans in order to provide both immediate, and short-term assistance to victims, and to ensure that the voices of those affected are given the attention they deserve, in the aftermath of these attacks as they rebuild their lives.
The pain of the survivors, the victims & those who loses their beloved ones to this new phenomenon and challenge of the 21st century, Terrorism, is felt & experienced extensively by the people of Afghanistan.
The non stop violence and the killing of innocents by terrorists has left our nation with a deep wound. Just not too long ago, this week, in a wedding ceremony a suicide attacker killed more than 60 civilians; and the following day in the city of Jalalabad there were10 constant explosions that led to the injury of more than 120 people. These attacks leave us all in mourning and make us shattered, but we again stand up & survive terrorism thru the power of resilience, the story of all victims and the story of this exhibition today in here.
Victims of terrorism need and deserve sustained support and attention by the United Nations and its Member States, and to express our support, this year on June 25, 24 countries together with the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation established the Group of Friends of the Victims of Terrorism. Our goal is to raise awareness on the situation of victims of terrorism and maintain the momentum of this two-year movement through a series of concrete objectives. This is merely the beginning of the process, and we entreat States to join us in this important effort.
Terrorist attacks have devastating consequences on the lives of the victims and their families, leaving a trail of death and destruction. In the case of Afghanistan, as a country at the forefront of the fight against international terrorism which has made enormous sacrifices in facing this threat, we have seen this story all too often. Nonetheless, where we have seen stories of pain and despair, we have also seen stories of personal resilience, strength, and endurance in the face of trauma and shock.
Today we inaugurate a photographic exhibition that shows us precisely some of these stories, highlighting the voice of resilient men and women in Afghanistan & all over the world. To listen to the voices of the victims and witness their stories is not only a form of tribute, but also the best means of understanding the harsh realities that they and we all face, in order to be better prepared to assist them.
On this day, I would like to express, on behalf of all the members of the Group of Friends of the Victims of Terrorism, our firm commitment and support to continue working both with and for the victims of terrorism until they receive the recognition and support that they deserve.
I thank you.