PES mourns Istanbul attack victims

01/01/2017

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terror attack at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey.

We condemn the barbaric act, we mourn the victims, and our thoughts are with their families and loved ones.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

"The attack taking so many lives in the very first hours of the new 2017 is barbaric and unhuman.

"The terrorists are once again trying to destroy our way of life, hitting a dance club in Istanbul after hitting a Christmas market in Berlin, a freedom celebration in Nice, an airport in Brussels, a concert hall in Paris and so many more.

"Their targets are everyday people. Their goal is fear. We cannot let them achieve that goal."

After the recent Berlin attack, we called for a world summit to fight terrorism.

"Today this is even more urgent. The EU should take the lead in organising a summit with all its international allies," Stanishev added.