The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu (Nigeria):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the series of terrorist attacks in Kabul since last Thursday, at least two of them claimed by the Taliban, and which resulted in hundreds of casualties and at least 70 deaths, including children.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts and to the Government of Afghanistan. They wished the injured a speedy recovery and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these deplorable acts to justice.
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, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. 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 that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.