Security Council denounces ‘terrorist criminal attack’ on UN headquarters in Iraq

Syrian representative Fayssal Mekdad

19 August 2003 – Members of the United Nations Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms “the terrorist criminal attack” against UN headquarters in Baghdad, resulting in deaths and injuries, and vowed to further intensify its efforts to help the people of Iraq.

“The United Nations is in Iraq on a mission of peace, and for the reconstruction of the country and to support the Iraqi people. Therefore it is all the more shocking that this attack occurred,” Fayssal Mekdad, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Syria, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for August, said in a statement following a briefing by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Danilo Türk.

“Such terrorist incidents cannot break the will of the international community to further intensify its efforts to help the people of Iraq,” the statement declared.

“Members of the Council reaffirmed that this horrible attack that aimed at undermining the vital role of the United Nations in Iraq will not affect their determination and members of the Council will stay united against such attacks and to help the Iraqi people restore peace and stability to their country.”

 Video of Council President

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