New York

12 September 2012

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Attack against United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by yesterday’s attack against the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, resulting in the deaths of four US diplomats, including Ambassador John Christopher Stevens, as well as Libyan employees of the Consulate.  The Secretary-General condemns this attack in the strongest terms.  The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the United States Government and to the bereaved Libyan and American families.

The United Nations rejects defamation of religion in all forms.  At the same time, nothing justifies the brutal violence which occurred in Benghazi yesterday. The Secretary-General reminds the Libyan authorities of their obligations to protect diplomatic facilities and personnel.  He welcomes statements by Libyan authorities that they will bring the perpetrators to justice. 

The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue working with the Government and the people of Libya as they strive to bring stability to their country.