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Press Statements 2015 (128)

2 JUNE 2015

SC/11915

 

Security Council Press Statement on the Situation in Yemen

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the grave situation in Yemen.  In this regard, the members of the Security Council were deeply disappointed that the consultations in Geneva planned for 28 May did not take place.  The members of the Security Council urged Yemeni stakeholders to participate in the United Nations-brokered inclusive political consultations as soon as possible.

 

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 political inclusive consultations.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend these 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 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 reiterated their full support for the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen and further reiterated their request of the Secretary-General to intensify his good offices role in order to enable a resumption of a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people.

 

The members of the Security Council endorsed the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a further humanitarian pause in order to allow assistance to reach the Yemeni people urgently.  The members of the Security Council urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance, 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, including water systems, schools and hospitals, 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 stressed the urgent need for ongoing commercial supplies to enter Yemen because of the heavy dependence of Yemen and its people on imported food and fuel.

 

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.

29 MAY 2015

SC/11914-AFR/3147-PKO/493

 

Security Council Press Statement on Mali

 

The members of the Security Council deplored the shooting incident that took place in Bamako, Mali, on 25 May 2015, during which a Bangladeshi peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was killed and another injured.  The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the explosion of a mine on a MINUSMA convoy, in which the Force Commander and Police Commissioner of MINUSMA were present, on 28 May 2015, in the region of Timbuktu, and which left three peacekeepers injured.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the family of the victim of these attacks, as well as to the Government and people of Bangladesh.

 

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice and stressed that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable.  The members of the Security Council underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

 

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.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to MINUSMA and the French forces that support it.  The members of the Security Council expressed their particular gratitude to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Mongi Hamdi, and to MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, as mandated by the Security Council in its resolution 2164 (2014), and paid tribute to the peacekeepers of MINUSMA who risk their life in this respect.  The members of the Security Council recalled their call on all parties in Mali to cooperate fully with the deployment and activities of MINUSMA.

24 MAY 2015

SC/11905-AFR/3144

 

Security Council Press Statement on Burundi

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Zedi Feruzi, leader of the opposition Union pour la paix et le développement (UPD) Zigamibanga party in Burundi, and his bodyguard, on 23 May 2015 in Bujumbura.  The members of the Security Council also condemned the grenade attack in Bujumbura’s central market on 22 May 2015 that left two dead and many others injured.

 

The Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.  They urged the Burundian authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their call on all Burundian stakeholders to demonstrate their sense of responsibility and exercise calm and restraint in the interest of peace and reconciliation in Burundi.  They called on the Burundian authorities to take concrete steps to prevent further violence, whilst respecting fundamental freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.

 

The members of the Security Council called on all Burundian stakeholders to pursue the consultative political dialogue facilitated by the Special Envoy for the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, and representatives of the African Union, the East African Community, the East Africa Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (EAC-COMESA) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region to create an environment conducive to peaceful, credible and inclusive elections in Burundi in the spirit of the Arusha Agreements.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their intent to respond to violent acts that threaten peace and security in Burundi.

22 MAY 2015

SC/11903

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Saudi Arabia

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) at a mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia on 22 May 2015, resulting in the death of at least 21 people.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and to the Government of Saudi Arabia.

 

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, groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIL, Ansar Al Shari’a entities, 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, 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 Saudi authorities in this regard.

 

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.

22 MAY 2015

SC/11904

 

Security Council Press Statement on ISIL’s Violent Seizure of Palmyra, Syria

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the ongoing barbaric terrorist acts by ISIL in Syria, including its violent takeover of Palmyra.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern for the thousands of Palmyra residents inside the city, as well as for those displaced as a result of ISIL’s [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] (Da’esh) advance.  The members of the Security Council call for the safe passage of civilians fleeing the violence, and reaffirm that the primary responsibility to protect its populations lies with the Syrian authorities.  The members of the Security Council stated their grave concern for the protection of the World Heritage site of Palmyra and the systematic campaign of destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms ISIL’s terrorist acts, which reportedly include beheadings and killings.  They expressed concern for the women and children in Palmyra, noting ISIL’s pattern of abducting, exploiting, and abusing women and children elsewhere, including rape, sexual abuse, forced marriage, and forced child recruitment committed by ISIL.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their condemnation of the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria, particularly by ISIL, including targeted destruction of religious sites and objects, and noted with concern that ISIL and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida are generating income from engaging directly or indirectly in the looting and smuggling of cultural heritage items from archaeological sites, museums, libraries, archives, and other sites in Syria and Iraq, which is being used to support their recruitment efforts and to strengthen their operational capability to organize and carry out terrorist attacks.  The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of these acts to justice.

 

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, and stressed that there has to be a common effort amongst Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, as the Council resolved in United Nations Security Council resolutions 2170 (2014) and 2199 (2015), and underscored the need for the full and immediate implementation of these resolutions by all Member States.  They 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 voiced their strong support for UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] Director-General Bokova’s efforts to address the destruction and looting of cultural heritage, including through UNESCO’s efforts to assist in the implementation of relevant provisions of United Nations Security Council resolution 2199 (2015).

17 MAY 2015

SC/11897-AFR/3137

 

Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan

 

On 14 May, the members of the Security Council were briefed by Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ellen Margrethe Løj on the situation in South Sudan.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed condemnation at the renewed and ongoing large-scale violence in Unity State caused by the recent Government of South Sudan offensive and resulting in the displacement of more than 100,000 civilians and the suspension of nearly all activity and delivery of aid to populations in the affected areas, over 300,000 civilians, by humanitarian agencies and organizations.  The members of the Security Council further expressed their condemnation of the large-scale attack initiated on 15 May by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) (in opposition) on the town of Malakal, in Upper Nile State.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined their grave concern that, as a result of violence and increased insecurity since the beginning of the conflict, more than 50,000 internally displaced persons have sought shelter and assistance at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camp in Bentiu, and an additional nearly 25,000 at the UNMISS camp in Malakal, only further magnifying a dire humanitarian crisis.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the repeated violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement accepted and signed by the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (in opposition) on 23 January 2014, and underscored that there is no military solution to this conflict that has now lasted more than 17 months.

 

The members of the Security Council called upon all parties to engage meaningfully in the peace process so as to bring about a political solution to the crisis and an end to the conflict.  They acknowledged the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) led peace process and urged renewed regional and international efforts to swiftly implement a common plan and to table a reasonable and comprehensive solution to end the crisis in South Sudan.  In this context, they reiterated their willingness to impose sanctions against those who threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan as established in resolution 2206 (2015), and noted the 24 March 2015 African Union Peace and Security Council communiqué on South Sudan and the 12 May 2015 African Union Commission Chairperson’s statement on South Sudan in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNMISS peacekeepers and for the vital mandate they are performing under very difficult conditions, including to protect civilians in South Sudan.  They demanded that all parties end intimidation and harassment against UNMISS and humanitarian personnel, cease ongoing restrictions on freedom of movement and allow UNMISS to fully implement its mandate.  They further demanded full adherence to the Status of Forces Agreement and permission for the deployment of essential assets and enablers currently being blocked by the Government of South Sudan.  The members of the Security Council underscored the importance of close cooperation and communication between UNMISS and the Government in addressing these issues.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned, and reiterated their demand for an immediate end to, all human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law.  They reiterated that those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights must be held accountable and that the Government of South Sudan bears the primary responsibility to protect civilians within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction, including from potential crimes against humanity and war crimes.

 

The Security Council renewed its calls for the parties to the conflict to allow and facilitate the full, safe and unhindered access of humanitarian personnel, equipment and supplies to all those in need and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance in accordance with relevant provisions of international law and United Nations guiding principles of humanitarian assistance.

15 MAY 2015

SC/11896-AFR/3136

 

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Burundi

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their serious concern with the ongoing tensions and unrest in Burundi and stressed the urgent need for dialogue and reconciliation among all Burundians to resolve the current crisis in a peaceful, transparent and inclusive manner.

 

The members of the Security Council called on all parties to exercise restraint, not to resort to violence or retaliatory attacks, to settle disputes peacefully and to prioritize Burundi’s peace and stability above all else and in the best interests of the nation.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned the violent unrest in Burundi and specifically condemned those who facilitate violence of any kind.  They called on the Burundian authorities to address the crisis, whilst respecting fundamental freedoms and the principles of fair trials and due process.

 

The members of the Security Council called for the swift return of the rule of law and the establishment of a genuine dialogue between all Burundians to create the necessary conditions for the holding of peaceful, transparent, inclusive and credible elections in the spirit of the Arusha Agreements, including fundamental freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the efforts of the United Nations and Special Envoy Said Djinnit, the African Union, the East African Community and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their intent to respond to violent acts which threaten peace and security in Burundi.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed the intention to remain seized of the matter as long as needed.

15 MAY 2015

SC/11895-AFR/3135

 

Security Council Press Statement on Central African Republic

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the holding in Bangui, from 4 to 11 May 2015, of the National Forum on reconciliation and the inclusive grass‑roots level consultations that gathered views of local citizens in advance.  They welcomed the inclusive and comprehensive manner in which this Forum was held, in particular by ensuring the full, effective and equal participation of women.

 

The members of the Security Council commended the adoption of the Republican Pact for Peace, National Reconciliation and Reconstruction, including, inter alia, commitments for a swift presidential and legislative electoral process, decentralization and a reinforced judiciary.  They further commended the signature of an agreement on the principles for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, as well as an agreement by which armed groups committed to end the recruitment of child soldiers and liberate all children associated with the conflict from their ranks.

 

In this regard, the members of the Security Council welcomed the release of more than 300 children, including several under 12 years old, by anti-Balaka and the ex-Seleka armed group.

 

The members of the Security Council congratulated the people of the Central African Republic, the Transitional Authorities and the armed groups who participated as signatories of these critical agreements.  They called on all armed groups to follow through on these commitments without delay.

 

The members of the Security reiterated their support to the Transitional Authorities under the leadership of Catherine Samba-Panza as Transitional Head of State, and strongly condemned the attempt by some armed elements to use violence, including directed against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) peacekeepers, at the closing of the Bangui Forum.

 

The members of the Security Council urged the Transitional Authorities, with the support of the United Nations and the international community, to implement the Forum’s recommendations without delay.

 

The members of the Security Council urged, in particular, the Transitional Authorities, as well as the National Elections Authority, in accordance with the transitional national charter and the “Pacte Républicain” adopted at the Bangui Forum, to organize as a matter of urgency, and as soon as possible and over the whole territory, the constitutional referendum and the free, fair, transparent and inclusive presidential and legislative elections currently scheduled to take place by August 2015, ensuring the full and effective participation of women, internally displaced persons and Central African Republic refugees, the voluntary return of whom should be an important objective.

 

The members of the Security Council called on Member States and international and regional organizations to urgently provide support to the Transitional Authorities for the conduct of the transition and subsequent reforms, including voluntary contributions for the payment of salaries and other needs for the restoration of the State authority over the whole territory, as well as for the holding of elections through the United Nations trust fund, for the upcoming disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration, and security-sector reform programmes, and for the restoration of the judiciary and the criminal justice system, including the Special Criminal Court.

 

They called on the United Nations Secretariat and MINUSCA to swiftly begin implementation of a comprehensive and credible disarmament, demobilization and rehabilitation programme as a matter of priority to consolidate security gains ahead of the upcoming elections.

 

The members of the Security Council emphasized that the continued role of the region, including the Mediator and the Chair of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), as well as the African Union and the United Nations as members of the mediation, will be critical for the promotion of lasting peace and stability in the Central African Republic, and called upon the international community to continue to support the people and Transitional Authorities of the Central African Republic.

15 MAY 2015

SC/11894

 

Security Council Press Statement on Cyprus Settlement Talks

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the resumption on 15 May 2015 of the Cyprus settlement talks, in the framework of the good offices mission of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their hope that the leaders take advantage of this opportunity to reach a comprehensive settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the process in line with the joint communiqué of 11 February 2014 and to the efforts of the United Nations Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide.

12 MAY 2015

SC/11888

 

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

 

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.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern that the demands in resolution 2216 (2015) are unmet, and demanded the full implementation of it.

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the appointment of Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as Special Envoy for Yemen, reiterated their full support for the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Yemen, and further reiterated their request of the Secretary-General to intensify his good offices role in order to enable a resumption of a peaceful, inclusive, orderly, and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people.

 

The members of the Security Council called on the Secretary-General to convene a conference of all Yemeni stakeholders, 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 emphasized that the UN-brokered inclusive political dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process.

 

The members of the Security Council called on all Yemeni parties to attend these talks under the auspices of the United Nations and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation, 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 welcomed any efforts aimed at supporting the political transition in Yemen and that complemented and supported the UN-brokered negotiations and, in this context, noted the announced conference in Riyadh on 17 May 2015.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern about the severe humanitarian consequences of the continued violence in Yemen.  In this regard, they welcomed the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Yemen to implement a five-day humanitarian pause, and they called on all parties to respect a humanitarian pause.  The members of the Security Council emphasized that for the humanitarian pause to be successful; all parties will need to transparently and reliably suspend military operations.  During a humanitarian pause, the members of the Security Council also urged all parties to allow for the entry and delivery of essential relief items to the civilian population, including urgently needed food, medicine and fuel, and to facilitate the field activities of humanitarian agencies, in coordination with the Government of Yemen.  The members of the Security Council urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance, 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 to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to get assistance to those in need.

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