The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gary Quinlan (Australia):
The members of the Security Council strongly condemn Saturday’s attack in Mandera, Kenya for which Al‑Shabaab has claimed responsibility and which has caused the deaths of numerous innocent people. The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of the Republic of Kenya.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their solidarity with the people and Government of Kenya in their fight against terrorism. The members of the Security Council paid tribute in particular to the role of Kenya in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as part of the fight against Al‑Shabaab.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed 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 and whenever and by whomsoever committed.
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 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 relevant regional authorities in this regard.
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 resolute and long-standing support to all actors working to end the threat posed by Al‑Shabaab in the region.