1 April 2011
Security Council

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

Security Council Press Statement on Afghanistan


The following press statement was issued today by Security Council President Néstor Osorio ( Colombia):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the violent attack against the United Nations operations centre in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, on 1 April 2011, which resulted in the death and injury of United Nations staff.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep condolences to the families of the victims.  The thoughts of the Security Council members are with the wounded and with all UNAMA [United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan] personnel.

The members of the Security Council condemned all incitement to and acts of violence.  They called on the Government of Afghanistan to bring those responsible to justice and take all possible steps, with the assistance of ISAF [International Security Assistance Force], as appropriate, to protect United Nations personnel and premises.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the people and the Government of Afghanistan, their support for the crucial work that the United Nations is doing in partnership with the Government for the benefit of all Afghans, and the Council’s commitment to a secure and stable Afghanistan.

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