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Press Statements 2015 (128)

19 NOVEMBER 2015

SC/12127

 

Security Council Press Statement on Murdering of Fan Jinghui, Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly act of the murdering of a Chinese citizen, Fan Jinghui, and a Norwegian citizen, Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Sham (ISIL/ISIS).  These crimes once again demonstrate 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 Fan Jinghui and Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad all be held accountable and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with China, Norway and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, to the Governments of China and Norway, 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 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.  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.

13 NOVEMBER 2015

SC/12121

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Paris

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks which took place in several places in Paris on the evening of 13 November 2015, causing numerous deaths and injuries among civilians.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government of France.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these terrorist acts to justice.

13 NOVEMBER 2015

SC/12120

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Lebanon

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on 12 November in Beirut, killing at least 43 and injuring more than 200 people.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon.  The members of the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

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

 

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, in particular international human rights, refugee and international humanitarian law, and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Lebanese authorities in this regard.  The members of the Security Council reminded States they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and international law.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong support for the stability, territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon.

11 NOVEMBER 2015

SC/12116-AFR/3263-PKO/539

 

Security Council Press Statement on Attack against United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Central African Republic

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against a checkpoint of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which followed an outbreak of violence in the internally displaced persons camp in the town of Batangafo, and during which one peacekeeper from Cameroon was killed.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed and to the Government of Cameroon, as well as to the Transitional Authorities and the people of the Central African Republic, and to MINUSCA.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MINUSCA by armed groups.  They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law.  They called on the Central African Republic authorities to swiftly investigate, with the assistance of MINUSCA, this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.  They stressed that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for MINUSCA to assist, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2217 (2015), the Transitional Authorities, which bear the primary responsibility to protect the population and the people of the Central African Republic in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country.

7 NOVEMBER 2015

SC/12108-AFR/3258

 

Security Council Press Statement on Libya

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their concern over Libya’s ongoing political, security and institutional crises and the rising threat of terrorism.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed that the Political Agreement for the Government of national accord finalized by the Libyan parties in October offers a real prospect for resolving the situation, after comprehensive and broad consultations within the framework of the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned dialogue process facilitated by the United Nations.

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the expressions of support by the Libyan parties plus a wide range of Libyan groups for the Political Agreement and for the formation of a Government of national accord.

 

The members of the Security Council urged all Libyan dialogue participants to endorse and sign the Political Agreement for the Government of national accord, and called on all Libyan stakeholders to work swiftly towards the formation of a Government of national accord, which will work for the benefit of all Libyans.  Council members expressed support for an inclusive process that listens to and integrates Libyans from all communities and all parts of the country.

 

The members of the Security Council encouraged the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to advance relevant efforts for coordination of international assistance to the future Government of national accord.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed concern about activities which could damage the integrity and unity of the Libyan State financial institutions and the National Oil Company and highlighted the importance of these institutions continuing to function for the benefit of all Libyans.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed concern about the ongoing fighting, destruction and growing humanitarian toll in various parts of the country and called for an immediate end of violence.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned the continued attacks and repression by ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant], Ansar al Charia and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida operating in Libya, particularly in Sirte, and stressed in this regard the urgent need to deal with this threat effectively.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled resolutions 2174 (2014), 2213 (2015) and 2214 (2015), and noted that the Libya Sanctions Committee is prepared to designate those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security or who undermine the successful completion of its political transition.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.

1 NOVEMBER 2015

SC/12103-AFR/3252

 

Security Council Press Statement on Attack in Mogadishu, Somalia

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on 1 November 2015 perpetrated by Al-Shabaab against the Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Somalia.  The members of the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the swift response of the Somali National Army 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 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 reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

 

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 law, international humanitarian law and refugee law.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to support Somalia's transition to greater peace and stability.  They underlined that neither this, nor any other terrorist attack would weaken that determination.

23 OCTOBER 2015

SC/12096

 

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement by the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen on the upcoming talks.  The members of the Security Council commended the decision by the Government of Yemen to participate in these peace talks along with other parties.  The members of the Security Council expressed their appreciation and reiterated their full support for the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled Security Council resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012), 2140 (2014), 2201 (2015) and 2216 (2015), emphasizing the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process.  The members of the Security Council reiterated their demand for the full implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions, and reiterated their call from resolution 2216 (2015) on all Yemeni parties to resume and accelerate United Nations-brokered inclusive political consultations.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend the announced talks and any such future talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition.  The members of the Security Council strongly condemned all violence, attempts or threats to use violence to intimidate those participating in United Nations-brokered consultations and emphasized that such action is unacceptable.  The members of the Security Council emphasized that the United Nations-brokered inclusive political dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process, with the intention of brokering a consensus-based political solution to Yemen’s crisis in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference and relevant Security Council resolutions.

 

The members of the Security Council called on all parties to engage in a flexible and constructive manner in the preparation and conduct of the talks to allow Yemen to move towards a sustainable peace.

 

Recalling Security Council resolution 2216 (2015), the members of the Security Council underlined the importance of the talks leading to the implementation of concrete measures to prevent any further suffering for the Yemeni people, such as a cessation of violence and unhindered humanitarian access and commercial imports into the country and distribution throughout.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political transition process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2216 (2015).  The members of the Council recognized the importance of United Nations ceasefire monitoring capacity to support the process.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the food insecurity already facing millions of Yemenis across the country and the increasing risk of famine.

 

They welcomed the United Nations revised humanitarian appeal which requested $1.6 billion, but which was currently only around 47 per cent funded.  They encouraged the international community to contribute to the appeal.  The members of the Security Council urged all parties to take immediate steps to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance and fuel for civilian purposes to all parts of Yemen, as well as measures to ensure rapid, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including through all of Yemen’s ports, recalling the need for all sides to comply with the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law and respect the United Nations guiding principles of humanitarian assistance.  The members of the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including to take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, and to end the recruitment and use of children in violation of applicable international law, and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country.  They also stressed the urgent need for commercially-shipped food, medicine, fuel and other vital supplies to enter Yemen through all of Yemen’s ports without further delays as a humanitarian imperative because of the heavy dependence of Yemen and its people on imported food and fuel.

17 OCTOBER 2015

SC/12084-AFR/3247

 

Security Council Press Statement on Libya

 

The members of the Security Council recalled their statement of 9 October which commended the Libyan dialogue participants on finalizing the Political Agreement for the Government of National Accord after comprehensive and broad consultations, facilitated by United Nations Special Representative Bernardino León.

 

The members of the Security Council urged all Libyan parties to endorse and sign the Political Agreement, as presented on 8 October, and to work swiftly towards the formation of a Government of national accord.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed that the Agreement offers a real prospect for resolving Libya’s political, security and institutional crises.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled resolutions 2174 (2014), 2213 (2015) and 2214 (2015), and noted that the Libya Sanctions Committee is prepared to designate those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security or who undermine the successful completion of its political transition.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.

12 OCTOBER 2015

SC/12075-AFR/3242

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attacks by Boko Haram

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrific 10 and 11 October terrorist attacks attributed to Boko Haram, perpetrated in the towns of Baga Sola, Chad, and Kangaleri, Cameroon, which resulted in a large number of deaths and casualties.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of those killed and injured by these heinous acts, as well as to the people and the Governments of Chad and Cameroon.

 

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 Chad and Cameroon 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.

9 OCTOBER 2015

SC/12074-AFR/3238

 

Security Council Press Statement on Libya

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement by United Nations Special Representative Bernardino León of the proposed names for the Presidency Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord.

 

The members of the Security Council commended the dialogue participants on finalizing the Political Agreement for the Government of National Accord after comprehensive and broad consultations, which represented a genuine opportunity for the parties to resolve Libya’s political, security and institutional crises.

 

The members of the Security Council called on all Libyans, representatives of the people, political parties, municipalities and civil society, to unite wholeheartedly and in a spirit of reconciliation behind this settlement, which represents the aspirations and hopes of the Libyan people.

 

The members of the Security Council urged all Libyan parties to endorse and sign the Political Agreement, and to work together to quickly form the Government of National Accord.

 

The members of the Security Council thanked the Special Representative to the Secretary General, Bernardino León, and his team for their efforts in this United Nations-facilitated, Libyan-led dialogue process.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their gratitude to those Member States that facilitated the dialogue, in particular the Kingdom of Morocco for its efforts in advancing the agreement, including through hosting the Libyan dialogue.

 

The members of the Security Council encouraged the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to advance relevant efforts for coordination of international assistance to the future Government of National Accord.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled resolutions 2174 (2014), 2213 (2015) and 2214 (2015), and noted that the Sanctions Committee is prepared to sanction those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security or that undermine the successful completion of its political transition.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.

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