9 September 2011
Security Council

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

Security Council Press Statement on Tenth Anniversary of 11 September 2001


The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Nawaf Salam ( Lebanon):

On the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the members of the Security Council recalled the heinous attacks which took place that day in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, resulting in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people from over 90 countries, and the other numerous attacks perpetrated by the Al-Qaida network throughout the world.

The members of the Security Council expressed once again their deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of terrorism and their families.

The members of the Security Council again condemned the attacks which took place on 11 September 2001 and reaffirmed that the attacks, like any acts of terrorism, are a threat to international peace and security.  They also underscored the central role of the United Nations in the global fight against terrorism.

The members of the Security Council noted that in the period after the 11 September 2001 attacks, States joined together in a spirit of cooperation to combat terrorism, including through diplomatic efforts at and with the United Nations, and that such cooperation is essential and should be further strengthened.

The members of the Security Council recalled the resolutions regarding Osama bin Laden, and their condemnation of the Al-Qaida network and other associated terrorist groups, for the multiple criminal terrorist acts aimed at causing the deaths of numerous innocent civilians and the destruction of property.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of all resolutions and statements on terrorism, in particular resolutions 1267 (1999), 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 1963 (2010) and 1989 (2011), as well as other applicable international counter-terrorism instruments.  They also stressed the need for the full implementation of these resolutions, and called for enhanced cooperation in this regard.

The members of the Security Council stressed that no cause or grievance can justify the murder of innocent people and that terrorism will not be defeated by military force, law-enforcement measures, and intelligence operations alone, and can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States and relevant international and regional organizations and civil society to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat.

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