SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS IN STRONGEST TERMS ISLAMABAD TERRORIST ATTACK, STRESSES NEED TO BRING PERPETRATORS OF REPREHENSIBLE ACT TO JUSTICE

2 June 2008
SC/9345

SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS IN STRONGEST TERMS ISLAMABAD TERRORIST ATTACK, STRESSES NEED TO BRING PERPETRATORS OF REPREHENSIBLE ACT TO JUSTICE

2 June 2008
Security Council
SC/9345
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

5903rd Meeting (PM)

Security Council condemns in strongest terms Islamabad terrorist attack,

stresses need to bring perpetrators of reprehensible act to justice

The Security Council this afternoon condemned in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attack outside the Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, that had caused numerous deaths, injuries and damage to buildings, including to a building housing the United Nations Development Programme.

In a statement read by this month’s Council President, Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of that “reprehensible act” of terrorism, and urged all States to cooperate with the Pakistani authorities in that regard.

The Council reaffirmed that terrorism constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism were criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.  It reminded States that any measures they took to combat terrorism must comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

The meeting started at 3:40 p.m. and adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

Presidential Statement

Presidential statement S/PRST/2008/19 reads as follows:

“The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that occurred outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad on 2 June 2008, causing numerous deaths, injuries and damage to nearby buildings, including a building housing the United Nations Development Programme.  It expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terrorism and to their families, and to the people and Governments of Pakistan and Denmark.

“The Security Council underlines the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice, and urges all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and resolution 1373 (2001) and consistent with resolution 1624 (2005), to cooperate actively with the Pakistani authorities in this regard.

“The Security Council reaffirms 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, 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 Council reminds States that they must ensure that any measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

“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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