15/02/2005
Press Release
SC/8310


Security Council

5122nd Meeting (PM)


Security Council condemns terrorist bombing that killed former Lebanese

 

prime minister, calls on government to bring perpetrators to justice


Also Requests Secretary-General to Report

Urgently on Act’s Circumstances, Causes, Consequences


The Security Council this afternoon unequivocally condemned the 14 February terrorist bombing in Beirut that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and others, and called on the Government of Lebanon to bring to justice those responsible for that heinous act.


In a statement read out by Council President Joel W. Adechi of Benin (document S/PRST/2005/4), the 15-member body expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to the people and Government of Lebanon and to the victims and their families.  Further, the Council requested the Secretary-General to follow the situation closely and to report urgently on the circumstances, causes and consequences of this terrorist act.


The Council was gravely concerned by the murder of the former Prime Minister and its possible impact on ongoing efforts by the Lebanese people to solidify the country’s democracy, including during the upcoming parliamentary elections.  Such a terrorist act should not jeopardize the holding of those elections in transparent, free and democratic conditions.


The Council was also concerned by the potential for further destabilization of Lebanon, and expressed hope that the Lebanese people would be able to emerge from this terrible event united.


In addition, the Council reaffirmed its previous calls on all parties concerned to cooperate fully and urgently with the Council for the full implementation of all relevant resolutions concerning the restoration of the territorial integrity, full sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon


The meeting began at 1:03 p.m. and ended at 1:07 p.m.


Presidential Statement


The full text of the presidential statement, which will be issued as document S/PRST/2005/4, reads as follows:


“The Security Council received a briefing from the Secretariat on the situation in Lebanon on February 15, 2005.


“The Security Council unequivocally condemns the 14 February 2005 terrorist bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and others, and caused serious injury to dozens of people, including former Minister Basil Fleihan.


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


“The Council calls on the Lebanese Government to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of this heinous terrorist act, and noting the Lebanese Government’s commitments in this regard.  The Council urges all States, in accordance with its resolutions 1566 (2004) and 1373 (2001), to cooperate fully in the fight against terrorism.


“The Security Council is gravely concerned by the murder of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon and its possible impact on ongoing efforts by the people of Lebanon to solidify Lebanon’s democracy, including during the upcoming parliamentary elections.  Such a terrorist act should not jeopardize the holding of these elections in transparent, free and democratic conditions.


“The Security Council is concerned by the potential for further destabilization of Lebanon, and expresses hope that the Lebanese people will be able to emerge from this terrible event united, and to use peaceful means in support of their long-standing national aspiration to full sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.


“The Security Council reaffirms its previous calls upon all parties concerned to cooperate fully and urgently with the Security Council for the full implementation of all relevant resolutions concerning the restoration of the territorial integrity, full sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon.


“The Security Council requests the Secretary General to follow closely the situation in Lebanon and to report urgently on the circumstances, causes and consequences of this terrorist act.”


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