The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand):
The members of the Security Council expressed profound outrage and condemned in the strongest terms the vicious terrorist attack in the village of Duma near Nablus, which killed a Palestinian child and injured his family members.
The members of the Security Council extended their condolences and sympathies to the family of the victim of this heinous act and to the Palestinian leadership and to the Palestinian people. They underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this deplorable act to justice.
The members of the Security Council strongly condemned all such acts of violence, which have affected both the Palestinian and Israeli people, expressed concern about increased tensions and called for immediate calm. The members of the Security Council emphasized the importance of all statements condemning this attack and condemning all acts of violence, and encouraged all sides to work to lower tension, reject violence, avoid all provocations and seek a path towards peace.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group. 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.