Ban says UN has 'learned' from 2003 Baghdad attack
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said on Monday that the UN has learned from an attack in Baghdad that killed 22 staff members a decade ago.
But some survivors present at the remembrance ceremony criticised the global body's handling of the crisis.
"We are changing the way we operate around the world," Mr Ban said, adding the UN has tried to boost mission security and care for employees in dangerous situations. "We also recognise our obligations to stand side by side with families of the victims in their long journey to healing."
On Aug 19, 2003, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged truck at the Canal Hotel in the Iraqi capital, smashing a corner of the building and killing Brazilian UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others.