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Security Council press statement on terrorist attacks in kabul
The following Security Council press statement on the terrorist attacks in Kabul was read out by Council President Yukio Takasu ( Japan):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks at government facilities in Kabul on 11 February 2009, which caused numerous deaths and injuries. The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and the Government of Afghanistan.
The members of the Security Council noted that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks. The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, illegal armed groups, criminals and those involved in the illicit narcotics production and trafficking, to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed 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 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.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with their responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and the international community.
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