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Press Statements 2015 (128)

24 SEPTEMBER 2015

SC/12056

 

Security Council Press Statement on Eid Bombings in Yemen

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrific 24 September terrorist attacks at a mosque in Sana’a, Yemen, which resulted in a large number of deaths and casualties.  The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured by these heinous acts, as well as to the people and the Government of Yemen.

 

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 Yemeni 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.

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

SC/12054-AFR/3212

 

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Guinea-Bissau

 

The members of the Security Council took note of the appointment on 17 September, of Mr. Carlos Correia, first Vice-President of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, the majority political party in the National Assembly, as Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau.  The members of the Security Council emphasized this as an important step towards bringing an end to the political crisis that has prevailed in the country since mid-August.  The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of the appointment of a new Government as soon as possible, and in full respect with constitutional procedures.

 

The members of the Security Council commended the respect for the Constitution and the rule of law demonstrated by the Bissau-Guinean actors, including the non-interference of the security forces in the political situation in the country and the restraint shown in this regard.  The members of the Security Council further commended the peaceful way Guinea-Bissau's population is following the political situation in the country.

 

The members of the Security Council again recalled resolution 2203 (2015) and stressed the importance of national reconciliation, inclusive dialogue and good governance.  In this regard, they urged the Bissau-Guinean actors to uphold and proceed with continuous and constructive dialogue, within the established constitutional parameters and with respect for the separation of powers, in order to strengthen democratic governance and work towards consensus on key political issues, particularly with regards to the implementation of the necessary urgent reforms.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled the Council’s commitment to support the authorities of Guinea-Bissau and noted that the pledges made at the March Brussels International Donor Conference required a stable political environment in order to most effectively materialize.  The members of the Security Council further noted that courageous and inclusive political steps should be taken to help realize these pledged commitments, in the best interests of all Bissau-Guineans.

 

The members of the Security Council commended the coordinated approach and common messaging from regional and international actors, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, the United Nations, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries and the European Union throughout this period.  They further highlighted the efforts of Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal, Alpha Condé of the Republic of Guinea, and Olusegun Obasanjo, Special Envoy of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, to facilitate dialogue in Guinea-Bissau.

 

The members of the Security Council also welcomed the decision taken by the Extraordinary Session of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Governments held in Dakar on 12 September 2015, to extend the ECOWAS Security Mission in Guinea-Bissau’s mandate until June 2016 and recalled the provisions of resolution 2203 (2015) in this regard.  In this respect, they commended the decision of the European Union to provide financial support to this Mission.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for the key role and active engagement of Miguel Trovoada, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), including his good offices and close coordination with the international community.

17 SEPTEMBER 2015

SC/12052-PAL/2196

 

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Jerusalem

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern regarding escalating tensions in Jerusalem, especially surrounding the Haram al-Sharif compound, including recent clashes in and around the site.

 

The members of the Security Council called for the exercise of restraint, refraining from provocative actions and rhetoric and upholding unchanged the historic status quo at the Haram al-Sharif — in word and in practice.  The members of the Security Council called for full respect for international law, including international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as may be applicable in Jerusalem.

 

The members of the Security Council urged all sides to work cooperatively together to lower tensions and discourage violence at holy sites in Jerusalem.

 

The members of the Security Council appealed for the restoration of calm and called for full respect for the sanctity of the Haram al-Sharif, noting the importance of the special role of Jordan, as confirmed in the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, and encouraged increased coordination between Israel and Jordan’s Awqaf department.  The members of the Security Council underscored that Muslim worshippers at the Haram al-Sharif must be allowed to worship in peace, free from violence, threats and provocations.  The members of the Security Council further underscored that visitors and worshippers must demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area and for maintaining the historic status quo at the holy sites.  The members of the Security Council urged that the status quo of the Haram al-Sharif should be maintained and visitors should be without fear of violence or intimidation.

 

The members of the Security Council called for the immediate cessation of violence and for all appropriate steps to be taken to ensure that violence ceases, that provocative actions are avoided and that the situation returns to normality in a way which promotes the prospects for Middle East peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

17 SEPTEMBER 2015

SC/12051-AFR/3211

 

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Burkina Faso

 

The members of the Security Council heard a briefing on 17 September by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, on the crisis in Burkina Faso.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the unconstitutional and forceful seizure of power perpetrated on 16 and 17 September by elements of the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle against the transitional authorities of Burkina Faso.  They reiterated their demand that the President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida of Burkina Faso, as well as other officials detained, be released safely and immediately.

 

The members of the Security Council urged the perpetrators to restore constitutional order and return power to the civilian transitional authorities without delay.  They urged all actors to comply with the transitional calendar, notably the holding of free, fair and credible elections, scheduled for 11 October.  They urged all actors in Burkina Faso to refrain from any violence.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their strong support for the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohamed ibn Chambas, as well as those of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other international partners to preserve the transition in Burkina Faso.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined that the perpetrators of this unconstitutional and forceful seizure of power must be held accountable, and in this regard, expressed their readiness to monitor closely the situation and to consider further steps as necessary.

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

SC/12048-AFR/3209

 

Security Council Press Statement on Burkina Faso

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms today’s forceful detention of the President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida of Burkina Faso, as well as a number of Ministers, and demanded that they be released safely and immediately. The members of the Security Council stressed that their detention by elements of the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle is a flagrant violation of the Constitution and the Transitional Charter of Burkina Faso.  The members of the Security Council urged all actors in Burkina Faso to refrain from any violence.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their strong support to the transitional authorities of Burkina Faso and urged all actors to comply with the transitional calendar, notably the holding of free, fair and credible elections, scheduled for 11 October 2015.  They urged all actors to respect the legitimate aspiration of the people of Burkina Faso for a peaceful transition.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their strong support for the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, as well those of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other international partners to support the transition in Burkina Faso.

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

SC/12042

 

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 that should take place before Eid in the region.  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 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 24 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.

4 SEPTEMBER 2015

SC/12036

 

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrific 2 September terrorist attacks in Sana’a, Yemen, which resulted in a large number of deaths and casualties.

 

The members of the Security Council also condemned the killing by an armed gunman on the same day of two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured by these heinous acts, as well as to the people and the Government of Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

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 Yemeni 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 urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Yemen, as well as rapid, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including medical assistance.  The members of the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country.

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

SC/12033-AFR/3206

 

Security Council Press Statement on Al-Shabaab Attack

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on 1 September 2015 perpetrated by Al-Shabaab against an AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) base in Janaale District, 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 the Republic of Uganda.  The members of the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined their gratitude to AMISOM and its troop-contributing countries for their bravery and sacrifices in the fight against Al-Shabaab.

 

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 their responsibilities under 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 underlined that neither this, nor any other act of terrorism, would weaken their commitment to supporting the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.

28 AUGUST 2015

SC/12030

 

Security Council Press Statement on Sexual Violence in Conflict in Middle East

 

The Security Council was briefed by Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura on her visit to the Middle East.

 

Council members expressed concern about and condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence related to or resulting from forced marriage, committed, including as a method or tactic of warfare, in Syria and Iraq.

 

They stressed that these acts are abhorrent and urged parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from sexual violence.

 

Council members recalled that rape and other forms of serious sexual violence in armed conflict are war crimes and constitute grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.  They urged the international community to remain united in the goal of holding those responsible for such crimes accountable.

 

They underscored the need for all relevant parties in the region, while implementing counter-terrorism, peacebuilding and conflict resolution activities, to take into account the importance of women's empowerment and the protection of women and girls at risk of sexual violence.

 

Council members expressed the need to bring conflicts in the region to an end in order to reduce the opportunity for sexual violence to be committed.

 

Members of the Security Council acknowledged the efforts of neighbouring countries in protecting refugees, including from sexual violence, and called on the international community to contribute to the United Nations humanitarian appeals for Syria and Iraq.

27 AUGUST 2015

SC/12027

 

Security Council Press Statement on Libya

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Sirte, Libya, the shelling of densely populated areas of Sirte and indiscriminate acts of violence to terrorize the Libyan population by a group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), which includes foreign terrorist fighters.  Such crimes 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 reaffirmed their full support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino León and welcomed the recent round of UN-facilitated political dialogue. They urged all parties in Libya to join efforts to combat the threat posed by transnational terrorist groups exploiting Libya for their own agenda by urgently and fully supporting an inclusive political process through the formation of a Government of National Accord aimed at addressing the political and security challenges facing the country. ‎

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Libya.  The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.  The members of the Council further emphasized 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, groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIL, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, as the Council resolved in United Nations Security Council resolutions 2170 (2014), 2199 (2015) and 2214 (2015).

 

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 these killings 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 the Government of Libya and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed grave concern about ISIL, groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIL, which includes foreign terrorist fighters who are in Libya, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida operating in Libya, and the negative impact of their presence, violent extremist ideology and actions on the stability of Libya, neighbouring countries and the region, including the devastating humanitarian impact on the civilian populations.

 

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.

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