Security Council strongly condemns deadly terrorist attack in Yemen

Amb. Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

26 March 2014 – The United Nations Security Council condemned the recent attack in Hadramawt, Yemen, in which 20 soldiers were killed, reaffirming that all acts of terrorism are criminal, and urging all UN Member States to cooperate fully with Yemeni authorities so that those responsible can be brought to Justice.

“The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in this heinous act, and to the people and Government of Yemen,” said Sylvie Lucas, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month, in a news release. The attack in question occurred on 24 March.

The 15-nation body also reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever and by whomsoever committed.”

Reiterating their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with the responsibilities listed under the UN Charter, the members of the Council further “urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Yemeni authorities” so that perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism can be brought to justice.

“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,” Ms. Lucas said.


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