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Somalia: Security Council Press Statement

Published Monday July 29 2013

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The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Rosemary DiCarlo ( United States):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the suicide car bomb attack against one of the main buildings of the embassy of Turkey in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 27 July, which resulted in one death and left several others wounded.  They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act, and to the Government and people of Turkey.

The members of the Security Council condemned the new and recurring acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives, which endanger or take innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, 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, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice.

The members of the Security Council recalled 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 to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their continued support for the political process and for peace and stability in Somalia.

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