Following the revelation by UN WATCH that the UN would not condemn the ajUly 18 attack in Bulgaria as an act of terror, our agency contacted Farhan Haq,the spokesman of the UN Sec’y General and pointed that out.

The spokesman of the UN Sec’y General then dispatched a corrective memo:


7/19/12 Quartet statement

Quartet statement Thursday, July 19, 2012

From: “Farhan Haq” < >


Statement by the Middle East Quartet

The Quartet condemns in the strongest terms the brutal attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria on July 18, 2012.

The Members of the Quartet offer their deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of the Israelis and others killed or injured in this act of blatant terrorism, as well as to the people of Bulgaria.

This is an act of cowardice against innocent people, including children. The Members of the Quartet look forward to the apprehension of the perpetrators and their being brought to justice.

The Quartet supports all international efforts to assist the Bulgarian authorities and others in this effort.

This attack provides a reminder of the need for the members of the international community to stand side-by-side in the effort to prevent terrorism wherever it may be practiced.

The Quartet will continue its effort to reach comprehensive, just and lasting settlement in the Middle East, where all the people will live in peace and security.

New York/Washington, D.C./Brussels/Moscow

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