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Attack against the Parliament of Somalia: Security Council Press Statement

Published Saturday May 24 2014

The members of the Security Council strongly condemn today's attack against the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Somalia, for which Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility and which has caused numerous deaths and injuries. The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims, the people and Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and to AMISOM. They also wished a swift recovery to those injured.

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the swift response of the Somali National Army and AMISOM in responding to this attack.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its 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 and whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with their responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Somali authorities in this regard.

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 underscored their support to the Federal Government of Somalia. They are outraged that Al Shabaab has attacked the Federal Parliament, an institution which represents the Somali people and their legitimate hopes for peace, prosperity and stability.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to all actors supporting efforts towards greater peace and stability in Somalia, including both UNSOM and AMISOM. They reiterated that this and other senseless acts of terrorism would not diminish that support.

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