Let us be clear about terrorism. Nothing can justify those who murder and maim innocent people. No grievance can excuse these cowardly attempts to spread fear and death among a civilian population.
Terrorists fear negotiations. They reject democratic processes. That is why they step up their attacks whenever progress is being made towards peace.
The international community must not let terrorism succeed. We must not give credence to their explanations. We must join together to prevent their contemptible acts. The United Nations must undertake a new initiative to deal with the multinational dimension of terrorism.
Above all, we must not let them achieve their objective. The Middle East peace process -- and progress towards peace and justice -- must be steadfast and must bravely go forward.