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Terrorist Attack in Somalia: Security Council Press Statement

Published Thursday February 27 2014

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The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Raimonda Murmokaitė ( Lithuania):

The members of the Security Council are appalled by today’s terrorist attack in Somalia for which Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility.  The members of the Security Council condemned the attack in the strongest terms.  The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.  The members of the Security Council further extended their condolences to the people and Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at this and other recent terrorist attacks perpetrated by Al-Shabaab in Somalia.  The members of the Security Council expressed their solidarity with the people and Government of Somalia at this difficult time.

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 its 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 determination to continue to support all international efforts aimed at ending the threat posed by Al-Shabaab.

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