The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins (Angola):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the 7 March terrorist attack in Ben Gardane, Tunisia, which resulted in the deaths of 12 members of Tunisia's security forces and seven civilians, as well as over 17 injured.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Tunisia. They wished the injured a speedy recovery.
The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice. The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for these killings should be held accountable, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.
The members of the Security Council reiterated 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 reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
The members of the Security Council stressed that no terrorist attack can reverse Tunisia’s democracy and its efforts towards economic recovery and development.