New York

19 February 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Car Bombing in Beirut

The Secretary-General condemns the car bombing today in the Beirut neighbourhood of Bir al Hassan that has caused several casualties, including children amongst the injured. He extends his condolences to the families of the victims and the Government and people of Lebanon.  The Secretary-General notes the active efforts of the Lebanese army and security forces in working to detain terrorist suspects and prevent attacks, and calls for the perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice.  The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese parties to come together in support of their newly formed Government and other State institutions, and to sustain national unity as the best safeguard of Lebanon’s security and stability in the face of terrorism.