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The IPU deplores attack on UK Parliament

A police security cordon remains around the Houses of Parliament on March 23, 2017 in London.

The IPU condemns the attacks on the UK Parliament. © Justin TALLIS / AFP

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) strongly condemns the attack on the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 22 March. We deplore the senselessness of the violence and the extensive number of casualties. We also convey our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

In a letter to the Speakers of the UK House of Lords and House of Commons, IPU President Saber Chowdhury and Secretary General Martin Chungong have expressed deep dismay at this gratuitous attack on a bastion of democracy and conveyed the solidarity of the global parliamentary community.

In a tweet last night, Mr. Chungong said he was “appalled by the attack. I condemn it in the strongest terms.” “We stand in solidarity with the UK Parliament,” said Mr. Chowdhury. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

The IPU is contributing to the United Nations plan of action to prevent violent extremism through action by parliaments. Our goal is to tackle the root causes of violent extremism that may lead to acts of terror.