Mr. George Bush, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, on Thursday (21 October) condemned gunmen?
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Mr. Bush speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MR. BUSH: "And so I start with expressing my regret to the parents of these four little children. I express my regret to the Soviet Union. I express my regret to others who have undergone, as Ambassador Baroody said, harassment. And I ask, not your understanding of this kind of harassment, not your understanding of this kind of cowardice, if you would accept this definition. But I ask you to understand that this shakes the heart and soul of every American, from the highest levels of the United States government to the plainest, most average citizen walking in the streets in the Middle West, or wherever it is, far removed from the United Nations. This s the way out country feels. We do want to be responsive. We do recognise that some incidents like this are terribly hard to guard against, but I pledge you here, a renewed effort to do the best that can possibly be done within the confines of this open society, that it is so hard to understand. And we will redouble our efforts to see that not a single soul is harassed representing a country in this hall, because this, my friends, is the real America. It is not the America of harassment, intolerance and abuse. Thank you very much, Mr President."
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Background: Mr. George Bush, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, on Thursday (21 October) condemned gunmen who fired four bullets into the Soviet mission on Wednesday night. Speaking at the United Nations, the Ambassador expressed his regrets to the Soviet Union, and the parents of the children, who were in the apartment at the time of the shooting. He pledged renewed efforts would be made to protect delegates to the United Nations from harassment of any kind.