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Press Statements 2015 (128)

29 JUNE 2015

SC/11955-AFR/3169

 

Security Council Press Statement on Assassination of Egyptian Public Prosecutor

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the cowardly assassination of the Egyptian Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat on 29 June, resulting from a terrorist bombing attack that targeted his convoy and led to the severe injury of many other victims.

 

The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the family of the victim and their sympathy to all those injured in this heinous attack, as well as to the people and the Government of Egypt.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice.

 

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.

27 JUNE 2015

SC/11949-AFR/3166-PKO/501

 

Security Council Press Statement on Al-Shabaab Attacks in Somalia

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemn the attack on 26 June against the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base camp in Leego, perpetrated by Al-Shabaab, which has caused the death and injury of many Burundian troops.  The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, to the people and Government of Burundi, to AMISOM, as well as to the people and Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia.  They deplored Al-Shabaab’s actions against a base of AMISOM, which is working alongside the Federal Government of Somalia and the Somali National Army to protect the Somali people and to assist in the reconstruction and stabilization of Somalia.

 

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the courage of AMISOM 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 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 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 law, international humanitarian law and refugee law.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined that neither this, nor any other senseless act of terrorism in Somalia, would dent their resolve to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.

26 JUNE 2015

SC/11947

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks of 26 June 2015 against a chemical products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, triggering an explosion and killing at least one through a gruesome beheading while injuring others; a bomb attack in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, Kuwait, killing at least 24 and injuring many more; and gunmen attacking a tourist hotel near Sousse, Tunisia, killing at least 37 and injuring many 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 France, Kuwait, Tunisia, and others who lost their citizens in these attacks.

 

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 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.

25 JUNE 2015

SC/11945-AFR/3162

 

Security Council Press Statement on Al-Shabaab Attack in Mogadishu

 

The members of the Security Council condemn the attack on 24 June on a humanitarian convoy carrying diplomats from the United Arab Emirates in Mogadishu, perpetrated by Al-Shabaab, resulting in a number of casualties.  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 Governments of Somalia and the United Arab Emirates.  The members of the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives, which endanger or take innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials.  The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to all actors working towards peace and stability in Somalia, including both the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

 

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 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 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.

25 JUNE 2015

SC/11944

 

Security Council Press Statement on Situation on Yemen

 

The members of the Security Council recognized and welcomed the extraordinary efforts of the United Nations, in particular the Secretary-General and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, to convene the consultations for Yemen in Geneva and expressed their continued support for the efforts of the Special Envoy.  The members of the Security Council positively took note of the Special Envoy’s briefing to the Security Council on the principles to advance the United Nations-brokered consultations.  The members of the Security Council strongly encouraged the parties to further discuss and consider these proposals in their engagement with the United Nations and the Special Envoy.

 

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 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 deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the risk of famine.  They welcomed the United Nations revised humanitarian appeal which requested $1.6 billion, but which was currently only around 10 per cent funded.  They, therefore, encouraged the international community to contribute to the appeal.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled their request to the Secretary-General to intensify his efforts in order to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all areas in need.  Recognizing the further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the members of the Security Council endorsed the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a further humanitarian pause in order to allow life-saving assistance to reach the Yemeni people urgently.  They also stressed the urgent need for ongoing commercial supplies to enter Yemen as a humanitarian imperative because of the heavy dependence of Yemen and its people on imported food and fuel.

 

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, including taking all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to get assistance to those in need.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen, and its commitment to stand by the people of Yemen.

22 JUNE 2015

SC/11937-AFG/438

 

Security Council Press Statement on Attack on Afghan Parliament in Kabul

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack of today, 22 June, on the Afghan Parliament in Kabul for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.

 

The members of the Security Council deplored the civilian casualties which resulted from the attack and expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the victims and to the Government and people of Afghanistan.  They wished the injured a speedy recovery.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned the blatant disrespect to democracy and rule of law that such an attack against the elected representatives of the people of Afghanistan constitutes and commended the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces for their effective action.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated its call to all parties in the conflict to refrain from attacking civilians and to abide by international law.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.

18 JUNE 2015

SC/11935

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Yemen

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrific 17 June terrorist attacks in Sana’a, Yemen, including at three mosques, which resulted in a 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 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 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.

18 JUNE 2015

SC/11934-AFR/3159

 

Security Council Press Statement on Mali

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali and looked forward to its signing by the Coordination armed groups on 20 June, thereby completing the signing process.

 

Recognizing the aspiration of all Malian citizens to enjoy lasting peace and development, the members of the Security Council urged the Coordination and Plateforme armed groups to refrain from any action that could undermine the peace process and to demonstrate responsibility and courage in the supreme interest of peace in Mali.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their concern over the security situation in and around the city of Ménaka (Gao region).

 

The members of the Security Council urged the Plateforme armed groups to withdraw immediately their forces from the city of Ménaka and to sign the Arrangement sécuritaire pour une cessation des hostilities.

17 JUNE 2015

SC/11931-AFR/3158

 

Security Council Press Statement on Libya

 

The members of the Security Council emphasized the urgency for the Libyan parties to agree on a Government of National Accord, and in this context, welcomed the meeting of the participants of the Libyan political dialogue in Morocco on 8-9 June to discuss the fourth draft of the political agreement and the plan to reconvene talks, facilitated by the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Bernardino León.

 

The members of the Security Council strongly encouraged all participants of the political dialogue to positively consider the proposals contained in the fourth draft and commit to the swift conclusion of an agreement.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya and that reaching a political agreement leading to the formation of a Government of National Accord is critical to ending Libya’s political, security and institutional crises, and to confront the rising threat of terrorism.

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the efforts made by all participants of the political dialogue and of the other tracks of the peace process, including civil society contributions, local-level ceasefires, prisoner exchanges and the return of internally displaced persons.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined their support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General León.

 

The members of the Security Council noted the broad international support for the Libyan political process, including through the second Libyan tribal leaders’ forum in Cairo on 25-28 May, the sixth meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries in N’Djamena on 5 June, the meeting of the participants of the Libyan political dialogue with partners in Berlin on 10 June and the fourth ministerial meeting of the International Contact Group for Libya in the margins of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Johannesburg on 12 June.

 

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 obstruct or 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.

16 JUNE 2015

SC/11929

 

Security Council Press Statement on Comprehensive Review of Implementation of Resolution 1540 (2004)

 

On 16 June 2015, the members of the Security Council heard a briefing by the Chair of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004), in which,  inter alia, he informed the Council on progress about the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) and the process for its Comprehensive Review.

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the presentation made by the Chair of the Committee on the process of the Comprehensive Review of the implementation of UNSC [United Nations Security Council] resolution 1540 (2004) set forth by Security Council resolution 1977 (2011).  They acknowledged that this process has started on 28 April, once the Modalities [please see www.un.org/en/sc/1540] for the conduct of the Comprehensive Review were approved by the Committee, and must be completed, in accordance with Security Council resolution 1997 (2011), no later than 30 November 2016.  The members of the Security Council invited all Member States, relevant international organizations and appropriate sectors of civil society, including industry, to engage actively in the process, which will include, among other events, consultations, seminars and other dedicated events.  Moreover, in the summer of 2016, formal open consultations of the Committee with Member States, relevant international organizations and appropriate sectors of civil society will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed that the Comprehensive Review of the implementation of UNSC resolution 1540 (2004) should serve our common interest of preventing the ability of non-State actors to threaten us with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in particular for terrorist purposes.

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