The UN chief on the anniversary of 9/11, a sombre day that will be remembered by millions of people
The UN chief on the anniversary of 9/11, a sombre day that will be remembered by millions of people

The United Nations remembers the solidarity, unity, and resolution expressed two decades ago by the international community for a future free of terrorism, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as the world commemorates the sombre 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

“Today we remember a tragic day that has left an everlasting mark on the minds of millions of people throughout the world. On this day, terrorists in the United States of America killed over 3,000 people from over 90 countries in heinous and heinous deeds. Thousands more were hurt,” Guterres said in a message commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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Suicide terrorists hijacked four US passenger jets, two of which were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, as part of an al-Qaeda plot orchestrated from Afghanistan.

Another plane crashed into the Pentagon just outside of Washington, DC, while a fourth airliner crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers fought back.

According to Guterres, the UN honours survivors who have had to overcome physical and emotional scars to move on with their lives, as well as first responders who put themselves in harm’s way, with many making the ultimate sacrifice, exemplifying the humanity and compassion that terrorism seeks to eradicate.

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“We commemorate the international community’s solidarity, unity, and commitment expressed 20 years ago, yearning for a future free of terrorism,” he said, adding that “today, we stand in solidarity with the people of New York City, the United States of America, and all terrorist victims around the world.”

“We recommit ourselves to work together to preserve their rights and needs,” he said.

On the occasion of the anniversary, members of the Unified Nations Security Council stated they are as united now as they were two decades ago in their determination to prevent and combat terrorism in all forms.

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On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the 15-nation Council released a press statement, noting how the Council swiftly condemned the horrific terrorist atrocities two decades ago.

“To commemorate the tragic events of September 11th, members of the Security Council paid a visit to the September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City today. According to the press release, “the members of the Security Council remain as unified now as they were 20 years ago in their determination to prevent and counter-terrorism in all of its manifestations and wherever it occurs, in accordance with international law.”

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On September 9, the Permanent Representatives of the 15 Council member states visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.