22 October 2007
Security Council
SC/9149

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

5764th Meeting (AM)


SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS 18 OCTOBER BOMB ATTACKS IN KARACHI, PAKISTAN;

 

URGES STATES TO COOPERATE IN BRINGING PERPETRATORS TO JUSTICE


The Security Council this morning condemned in the strongest terms the bomb attacks that had occurred in Karachi, Pakistan, on 18 October, causing numerous deaths and injuries.


In a statement read by Council President Leslie Kojo Christian of Ghana, the Council, expressing its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of that heinous act of terrorism and their families, as well as to the people and the Government of Pakistan, underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of the act to justice.


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, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.  It reminded States that any measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.


The meeting started at 10:15 a.m. and was adjourned at 10:20 a.m.


Presidential Statement


The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2007/39 reads as follows:


“The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms the bomb attacks that occurred in Karachi, Pakistan, on 18 October 2007, causing numerous deaths and injuries, and expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terrorism and their families, and to the people and the Government of Pakistan.


“The Security Council underlines the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice, and urges all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and resolution 1373 (2001) and consistent with resolution 1624 (2005), to cooperate actively with the Pakistani authorities in this regard.


“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, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.


“The Security Council further reaffirms the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.  The Council reminds States that they must ensure that any measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.


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


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