'No terrorist attack can reverse Tunisia's democracy,' UN Security Council says

Street scene in Tunisia. Photo: World Bank/Dana Smillie

9 March 2016 – Strongly condemning the 7 March terrorist attack in Tunisia, the United Nations Security Council last night stressed that “no terrorist attack can reverse Tunisia's democracy and its efforts towards economic recovery and development.”

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the 15-nation body said in a press statement.

According to media reports, the attack killed at least 12 members of Tunisia's security forces and seven civilians, and injured more than 17 in Ben Gardane, a town located on the border with Libya, on Monday.

In the statement, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions.

Further, the Council reaffirmed the need for all States to combat the threats posed by terrorist acts to international peace and security, by adhering to the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law.

A press statement is a declaration to the media made by the Council's President on behalf of all 15 Members.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Monday through his spokesman, condemning the attack.


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