10/05/2004
Press Release
SC/8089



Security Council                                           

4966th Meeting (PM)                                         


IN PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT, SECURITY COUNCIL ‘UNEQUIVOCALLY CONDEMNS’


TERRORIST BOMBING IN GROZNY, RUSSIAN FEDERATION


Meeting this afternoon, the Security Council unequivocally condemned yesterday’s terrorist bomb attack in Grozny that killed President Ahmad Kadyrov of the ChechenRepublic, Russian Federation, and many other people.


Adopting presidential statement S/PRST/2004/14, the Council also condemned the perpetrators of the heinous attack, committed during the commemoration of Victory Day, the country’s most solemn national holiday.  It expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to the people and the Government of the Russian Federation.


The Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism were criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, whenever and by whomsoever committed.


Beginning at 1:40 p.m., the meeting adjourned at 1:43 p.m.


Presidential Statement


Following is the full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2004/14:


“The Security Council unequivocally condemns the terrorist bomb attack that took place on 9 May 2004 in Grozny, Russian Federation, as a result of which many people were injured and killed, including the President of the ChechenRepublic of the Russian Federation, Ahmad Kadyrov.


“The Security Council condemns also in the strongest terms the perpetrators of this heinous act committed against innocent people at the stadium when celebrating the Victory Day -– the most solemn national holiday in the Russian Federation.


“The Security Council expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to the people and to the Government of the Russian Federation and to the victims and their families.


“The Security Council urges all States, in accordance with their obligation under resolution 1373 (2001), to cooperate with the Russian authorities in their efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of this attack.


“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, whenever and by whomsoever committed.


“The Security Council expresses its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.”


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