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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 August, 2003, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
In quotes: UN bomb blast
Smoke billows from UN headquarters in Baghdad
The UN has vowed to continue its work in Iraq despite the blast
The bombing of the United Nations' headquarters in Iraq - killing at least 17 people, including the UN special representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello - has provoked worldwide condemnation.

Here is some of the reaction from around the world.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

We will continue our work... We will persevere, we have work to do. We will not be intimidated.

Pope John Paul II

The tragic news that reaches us from Baghdad and Jerusalem in the past hours can only make us feel deep sadness and unanimous reprobation.

Mary Robinson, former UN human rights chief and predecessor of Sergio Vieira de Mello

This may be a wake-up call for the world that the situation in Iraq wasn't very tenable before this terrible outrage... It's an appalling blow and the world must rally.

US President George W Bush

The civilised world will not be intimidated, and these killers will not determine the future of Iraq. Iraq is on an irreversible course towards self-government and peace.

French President Jacques Chirac

Such hateful acts arouse nothing but indignation and the strongest condemnation.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

It is an attack on the international community of states, but also an attack on the future of the Iraqi people.

UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

The UN had quite consciously eschewed the idea that they should be part of a secure area precisely to emphasis their separateness and independence of the US-UK coalition forces.

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov

The fact that terrorists targeted the United Nations, which spares no effort in helping the Iraqi people overcome the war's consequences and return to normal life, is particularly outrageous.

Chinese President Hu Jintao

The process of Iraq moving towards independence and steady development will not be stopped and the UN mission will not be suspended either.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher

Egypt condemns such an act which targeted individuals performing their national duty with all sincerity, and honesty.

Syrian foreign ministry quoted by the official news agency

This condemned criminal act should not influence the UN's role in helping the Iraqi people restore their freedom and independence.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer

What was the UN doing in Iraq? It was providing food, it was providing shelter, it was providing humanitarian assistance. A terrorist... has gone and attacked the people who were in Iraq to help.

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

[Brazilian Sergio Vieira de Mello] was a victim of the insanity of terrorism.


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