13 August 2008
Security Council

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



The following Security Council press statement on the terrorist attack in Lebanon was read out today by Council President Jan Grauls ( Belgium):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in the Lebanese town of Tripoli on 13 August 2008, which caused numerous deaths and injuries, including amongst members of the Lebanese Armed Forces.

The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the victims, to the Lebanese Armed Forces and to the Government of Lebanon.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice, commended the commitment of the Government of Lebanon to this end and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Lebanese authorities in this regard.  They also recalled the need to put an end to impunity in Lebanon.

The members of the Security Council emphasized the importance of the unity of all the Lebanese people.  They also reiterated their full support for all ongoing efforts in Lebanon to combat terrorism, solidify democratic institutions, engage in political dialogue and pursue national reconciliation.

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