1 October 2008
Security Council
SC/9463

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

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON LEBANON

 


The following Security Council press statement on Lebanon was read out on Monday, 29 September, by Council President Michel Kafando ( Burkina Faso):


The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that occurred in the Lebanese town of Tripoli today, 29 September, causing numerous deaths and injuries, including 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 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 reiterated that all acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, and reaffirmed 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 members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.


The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.


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, as well as for the national dialogue launched by the President of Lebanon on 16 September.


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