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Press Statements 2015 (128)

4 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11766-PKO/469

 

Security Council Press Statement on Lebanon

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the killing of a United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Spanish peacekeeper, which occurred in the context of fire exchanges along the Blue Line on 28 January 2015.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy to the family of the fallen peacekeeper and to the Government of Spain.

 

The members of the Security Council looked forward to the immediate completion of UNIFIL’s full and comprehensive investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident.

3 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11764

 

Security Council Press Statement on Murder of Muath Al-Kasasbeh

 

The members of the Security Council deplored the apparent murder of a Jordanian air force pilot Muath Al-Kasasbeh by ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant], and strongly condemned the heinous and cowardly act.  This crime once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities, and without regard to any basic value of humanity.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.  The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for the killing of Muath Al-Kasasbeh shall be held accountable for this crime and cowardly act, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Jordan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of Jordan, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL.

 

The members of the Security Council commended the resolute efforts of the Government of Jordan to counter the menace of terrorism.  The Security Council urged the international community to work closely with the Jordanian authorities to support such efforts.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed that such a crime by ISIL demonstrates that terrorism is a scourge impacting all of humanity and people from all regions and religions.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.  The members of the Council further emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida, as the Council resolved in United Nations Security Council resolution 2170 (2014).

 

The members of the Security Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled their demand that all parties to an armed conflict comply fully with the obligations applicable to them under international humanitarian law.

 

The members of the Security Council further recalled that ISIL is included on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and is thus subject to the asset freeze and arms embargo in resolution 2161 (2014) and further recalls that any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

2 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11763-AFR/3068

 

Security Council Press Statement on Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria and against Chadian Troops in Cameroon

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the continued escalation of  attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists, including on 1 February in Maiduguri, Borno State, as well as the increasing attacks in the Lake Chad Basin region, including against the Chadian army contingent deployed to fight Boko Haram in Cameroon at the request and with the collaboration of the Cameroonian authorities, on 29 and 30 January near the border town of Fotokol, which killed four Chadian soldiers and injured 12 others.

 

The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and their sympathy to all those injured in these heinous attacks, as well as to the peoples and the Governments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chad.

 

Recalling presidential statement S/PRST/2015/4 of 19 January, the members of the Security Council reiterated their deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram are undermining the peace and stability of the West and Central African region.  The members of the Security Council urged the region to enhance regional military operations and coordination to more effectively and immediately combat Boko Haram.  In this regard, the members of the Security Council commended the Chadian army's swift assistance in the fight against Boko Haram in Cameroon, during which 123 Boko Haram combatants were neutralized and others were captured.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the actions of Boko Haram 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 whosoever 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 acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate with the relevant 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.

1 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11762-PI/2111

 

Security Council Press Statement on Murder of Kenji Goto

 

The members of the Security Council deplored the apparent murder of a Japanese citizen, Kenji Goto, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), despite their demand for his immediate release, and strongly condemned this heinous and cowardly murder.  This crime is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists and others face every day in Syria.  It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.  The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for the killing of Kenji Goto shall be held accountable and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with Japan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of Japan, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.  The members of the Council further emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, as the Council resolved in United Nations Security Council resolution 2170 (2014).

 

The members of the Security Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled that, in accordance with international humanitarian law, journalists, media professionals and associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are considered as civilians and shall be respected and protected as such.  The members of the Security Council recalled their demand that all parties to an armed conflict comply fully with the obligations applicable to them under international humanitarian law, including as related to the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

 

The members of the Security Council further recalled that ISIL is included on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and is thus subject to the asset freeze and arms embargo in resolution 2161 (2014) and further recalls that any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

30 JANUARY 2015

SC/11761

 

Security Council Press Statement on Sinai Terrorist Attack

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks on 29 January in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, which killed and injured dozens of Egyptian soldiers and civilians.

 

The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and their sympathy to all those injured in these heinous attacks, as well as to the people and the Government of Egypt.

 

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 this terrorist attack to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Egyptian Government 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.

27 JANUARY 2015

SC/11754-AFR/3060

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Libya

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on 27 January against the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, resulting in several deaths and injuries.  They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

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 relevant regional 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 reaffirmed their full support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Bernardino León, and urged all parties in Libya to engage constructively with his efforts to resume an inclusive political process aimed at addressing the political and security challenges facing the country.

25 JANUARY 2015

SC/11752

 

Security Council Press Statement on Murder of Haruna Yukawa

 

The members of the Security Council deplored the apparent murder of a Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), strongly condemned the heinous and cowardly act, and demanded the immediate release of a Japanese citizen Kenji Goto.  This crime is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers people face every day in Syria, including journalists.  It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.  The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for the killing of Haruna Yukawa shall be held accountable and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with Japan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of Japan, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.  The members of the Council further emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, as the Council resolved in United Nations Security Council resolution 2170 (2014).

 

The members of the Security Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled that, in accordance with international humanitarian law, journalists, media professionals and associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are considered as civilians and shall be respected and protected as such.  The members of the Security Council recalled their demand that all parties to an armed conflict comply fully with the obligations applicable to them under international humanitarian law, including as related to the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

 

The members of the Security Council further recalled that ISIL is included on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and is thus subject to the asset freeze and arms embargo in resolution 2161 (2014), and further recalls that any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

23 JANUARY 2015

SC/11751

 

Security Council Press Statement on United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the briefing on 21 January 2015 by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), Miroslav Jenča, on the work of UNRCCA over the past seven months.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of conflict prevention tools in contributing effectively to the maintenance of international peace and security, including through early-warning mechanisms and engaging in preventive diplomacy, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.  In this context, they acknowledged the role of UNRCCA in assisting the Central Asian States to address regional challenges by encouraging and facilitating closer cooperation, identifying and tackling potential sources of tension before possible escalation, responding to domestic and transnational threats to peace and by supporting the sustainable development of the region.

 

The members of the Security Council commended the ongoing efforts of UNRCCA to assist the Central Asian States in modernizing the legal framework for regional transboundary water management and encouraged all Central Asian States to play a full and active role in this process.  They further encouraged the Centre to continue to facilitate regional dialogue and encouraged all States in the region to engage constructively in consultations to reach agreement on how to meet energy and water resource challenges across the region.

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the Centre’s engagement on border management issues and its preparedness to assist Central Asians States reduce the potential for violence in border areas.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their support for UNRCCA's role in regional counter-terrorism activities, including through its support for the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action on implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia.  They commended the Centre's recent efforts aimed at engaging the media in the fight against terrorism, raising awareness, capacity-building and promoting information sharing.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined that illicit drug production, trade and trafficking continued to pose a threat to international peace and stability in the region.  In this regard they emphasized the importance of close coordination between the Central Asian States and Afghanistan in combating drug trafficking.  They commended UNRCCA's efforts, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and relevant regional organizations, to help the Central Asian States address this problem.

 

The members of the Security Council also commended the role of UNRCCA, in collaboration with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, in facilitating the bilateral and multilateral engagement of the Central Asian States with Afghanistan and encouraged enhanced cooperation and coordination between them.  The members of the Security Council noted that the post-2014 scenario in Afghanistan and the drawdown of ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] troops generated security concerns in Central Asia, but that to date the situation in Afghanistan had not led to any major security implications in Central Asia.

 

The members of the Security Council encouraged increased cooperation and coordination between the Central Asian States, UNRCCA and relevant regional organizations, to strengthen the region's capacity to overcome challenges to peace, stability and sustainable development.

20 JANUARY 2015

SC/11744-AFR/3055-L/3241

 

Security Council Press Statement on Transfer of Dominic Ongwen to International Criminal Court

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the arrival of Dominic Ongwen from the Central African Republic to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on 20 January 2015.

 

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to all victims of serious crimes of international concern committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

 

They expressed their appreciation to all States and organizations that cooperated on this effort, notably the Governments of Uganda, Central African Republic, and the United States, and the African Union, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), as well as to the International Criminal Court.  They emphasized that their efforts were essential in order to bring Mr. Ongwen to justice.

 

The members of the Security Council viewed this development as a positive step for international criminal justice and for the fight against impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, as well as towards efforts to address the threat posed by the LRA.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled that the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrants for other LRA leaders, including Joseph Kony, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, enslavement, cruel treatment, intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population and forced enlistment of children, have yet to be executed, and called upon all States to cooperate with relevant national governments and the International Criminal Court, in accordance with their respective obligations, in order to execute those warrants, and to bring justice to those responsible.

 

The members of the Security Council thanked the African Union Regional Task Force for its ongoing efforts to counter the threat of the LRA in the region.  

 

The members of the Security Council demanded an immediate end to all attacks by the LRA and urged the LRA to release all those abducted, and to disarm and demobilize.  The Council welcomed the progress made with regard to ending LRA war crimes and crimes against humanity in Central Africa and reiterated its resolve to maintain the current momentum until a permanent end to the threat posed by the LRA has been achieved.

20 JANUARY 2015

SC/11743

 

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern about the worsening political and security crisis in Yemen.  The members of the Security Council called upon all parties to implement a full and lasting ceasefire, and underscored the importance of full implementation of the terms of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement, including its Security Annex, the National Dialogue Conference Outcomes, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and Implementation Mechanism.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined that President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi is the legitimate authority based on election results and the terms of the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and Implementation Mechanism.  The members of the Security Council emphasised that all parties and political actors in Yemen must stand with President Hadi, Prime Minister Bahah and Yemen’s Cabinet to keep the country on track to stability and security.

 

The members of the Security Council urged all the parties in Yemen to resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation, to reject acts of violence to achieve political goals, to refrain from provocation and to fully abide by resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012) and 2140 (2014).  In this regard, the members of the Security Council fully support the efforts of the good offices of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, Jamal Benomar, as well as the Gulf Cooperation Council and G10 initiatives.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned the recourse to violence in recent days, including the use of abduction, and urged all parties in Yemen to commit to the established processes of dialogue and consultation.  In particular, the members of the Security Council condemned the attack on 19 January against the Presidential Palace in Sana’a and rejected such violent efforts to undermine or interfere with Yemen’s legitimate government institutions.

 

The members of the Security Council further called on all sides to show restraint in Marib and to resolve their differences peacefully through the Presidential Committee and the support of the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen.

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the completion of a draft constitution and its referral to the National Authority, and looked forward to the start of the public consultation on the draft.  The members of the Security Council called for all parties to rapidly engage in finalizing the constitution in a constructive manner which responds to the aspirations of the Yemeni people.

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