The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gerard Jacobus van Bohemen (New Zealand):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the serious terrorist bomb attack against the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 3 August, which caused injuries of the embassy staff.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy to the injured and their families and to the Government of China and the Government of Kyrgyzstan. They wished a speedy recovery to those injured in this heinous terrorist attack.
The members of the Security Council noted the ongoing efforts of the Government of Kyrgyzstan to fully investigate this terrorist attack and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with relevant Governments and authorities in this regard.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all 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, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, including international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
The members of the Security Council also stressed the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity and any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers.