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Second terrorist attack in Russian Federation: Security Council Press Statement
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gérard Araud (France):
The members of the Security Council are outraged and condemned in the strongest terms the second terrorist attack that occurred within 24 hours in Volgograd, the Russian Federation. The attack on 30 December 2013 targeted a trolleybus, causing numerous deaths and injuries, including among children and women. These abhorrent and abominable attacks deliberately targeted places of mass gathering, in particular public transportation. The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in these heinous and cowardly acts, and to the people and the Government of the Russian Federation.
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, 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 this reprehensible act 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 all relevant authorities in this regard.