5239th Meeting* (PM)
Security Council unequivocally condemns deadly sharm el-sheikh
terrorist bomb attacks in presidential statement
Following last Saturday’s deadly terror attacks in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the Security Council this afternoon unequivocally condemned those acts and expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, the people and Government of Egypt and all other countries whose citizens were killed or injured in the attacks.
In a statement read out by Adamantios Th. Vassilakis (Greece), its President for July, the Council emphasized that there could be no justification for such terrorist acts and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to justice. It urged all States to cooperate actively with the Egyptian authorities in that regard and reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the United Nations Charter.
The meeting began at 5:04 p.m. and ended at 5:07 p.m.
The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2005/36 reads as follows:
“The Security Council unequivocally condemns the terrorist attacks that took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on July 23rd2005, and expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of these attacks and their families, and to the people and Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, as well as to all other countries whose citizens have been killed or injured in these attacks.
“The Security Council underlines the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiersand sponsors of this horrendous act to justice and urges all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law andresolution 1373 (2001), to cooperate actively with the Egyptian authorities in this regard.
“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to internationalpeace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
“The Security Council further reaffirms the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
“The Security Council reiterates its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.”
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* The 5237th and 5238th Meetings were closed.