Opening: Schulz condemns terror attacks in Istanbul and Ouagadougou
President Schulz condemned the terror attacks in Istanbul and Ouagadougou on 12 and 15 January and called for more EU-wide cooperation to counter terrorism. He pledged that terrorism would be fought on the basis of democratic values, using the police, the rule of law, and EU-wide cooperation.
The new year began as the old one ended, with murderous violence and deep sorrow. After the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris, Copenhagen, Tunis, Jakarta and elsewhere, the 12 January attack in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey, left ten German EU citizens dead, and nine injured, some seriously. The 15 January attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, killed more than two dozen people from seven countries, and injured fifty, noted Mr Schulz.
He conveyed Parliament’s grief to the victims’ families and friends and its wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.
“This terrorism without borders targets our freedom and threatens us all, in Turkey, in Europe and elsewhere. We shall not be intimidated by these cynical murders” promised Mr Schulz, stressing the need for more EU-wide counter-terrorism cooperation.
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