Security Council condemns violent attacks against diplomatic premises

The Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

15 September 2012 – The members of the Security Council have condemned “in the strongest terms” the series of violent attacks against embassies and consular premises of Member States in multiple locations on 13 and 14 September.

“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at these attacks recalling that the very nature of diplomatic premises is peaceful and that diplomats have among their core functions the promotion of better understanding across countries and cultures,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press.

“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”

At least seven people have reportedly been killed amid violent protests that have taken place outside the diplomatic premises of several Western countries across the Middle East in response to a film made in the United States seen as insulting to Islam.

The Council called on all authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect fully their international obligations in this regard.

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, also deplored the recent acts of violence against diplomatic missions in the Middle East and elsewhere.

He reiterated his call for refraining from “irresponsible acts of insult against religions and religious symbols,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.

He called for an end to all acts of incitement to hatred and discrimination based on faith, race or cultural differences, and for all parties to exercise restraint and calm and abide by international legal obligations.


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