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Press Statements 2015 (128)

20 APRIL 2015

SC/11865-PAL/2187

 

Security Council Press Statement on Yarmouk Refugee Camp

 

The Members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern regarding the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Syria.

 

The Members of the Security Council called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Yarmouk Camp and for the protection of civilians inside the Camp.  They welcomed United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s (UNRWA) and the Deputy Special Envoy’s recent efforts in Syria and stressed the need to support the emergency relief effort for civilians in Yarmouk including through funding the $30 million emergency appeal and to provide the diplomatic and political support for UNRWA.

 

The Members of the Security Council underscored support for United Nations efforts to assist trapped Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk through a three-point plan that includes:  1)  Providing assistance for civilians who are unwilling or unable to leave Yarmouk; 2)  Assisting those who want to "temporarily relocate" from the camp to do so in accordance with international humanitarian law and with appropriate safeguards that they will be allowed to do so safely and freely; and 3) Assisting Yarmouk residents who have already fled.

 

The Members of the Security Council called on all parties to support the United Nations framework and to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, international human rights and refugee laws, and demanded that all parties cease all attacks against civilians, including shelling and aerial bombardment.

 

The Members of the Security Council condemned all acts of terrorism perpetrated and demanded that ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Sham] and Al-Nusra Front, United Nations Security Council-designated terrorist organizations, withdraw from Yarmouk Camp immediately.

 

The Members of the Security Council called on all parties to immediately implement the relevant Security Council resolutions including Security Council resolutions 2139 (2014), 2165 (2014) and 2191 (2014) and in line with the international humanitarian law.

 

The Members of the Security Council stressed that the Council has to remain seized on this matter.

17 APRIL 2015

SC/11864-AFR/3114

 

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Burundi

 

The members of the Security Council met on 16 April to discuss the situation in Burundi.  They took note that the upcoming elections are an extremely sensitive issue that has the potential to spur violence and undermine the peace sustained for almost a decade in Burundi, in the spirit of the Arusha Agreement.  The Security Council called on all parties to prioritize the preservation of Burundi’s fragile and hard-won peace.  They welcomed the recent engagement by United Nations Secretary-General Ban, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, President Kikwete, African Union Chairperson Dlamini-Zuma, the United Nations Electoral Mission in Burundi (MENUB), and the Burundi configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, with Burundian authorities.

 

The members of the Security Council took note of the 15 April statement by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, expressing concern at the rising tensions and calling for the Government and security forces to clamp down on the Imbonerakure group, for the opposition and its affiliated youth groups to play a constructive and peaceful role, and for all parties not to indulge in hate speech, react violently to provocations or feed the climate of fear.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed the need for the Government and political opposition to refrain from any acts of violence and intimidation before, during, and after elections and to actively support the conditions for a peaceful, timely, credible and inclusive elections process.  In this regard, they condemned the 15 March assassination attempt against the wife of opposition leader Agathon Rwasa.  They also expressed concern with the impact of this situation on the region, including reports of increased Burundian refugee flows into Rwanda by persons who cited a fear of violence.

 

The members of the Security Council noted their intention to follow closely and to respond to any actions in Burundi that threaten the peace, security or stability of Burundi by actively facilitating violence, including by reportedly distributing weapons to youth groups.

 

They took note of Burundian Government officials’ stated commitment to hold free, credible, peaceful and transparent elections according to the electoral calendar and called on them to make good on this commitment.  They also recalled that during their 13 March visit to Burundi, many civil society organizations and members of the political opposition warned of the likelihood of elections-related violence should prudent actions not be taken or attempts to restrict political space continue and further recalled the necessity for all parties to abide by the non-violence charter of 9 March 2015.

 

They also called on all parties to address any elections-related concerns peacefully.

15 APRIL 2015

SC/11863-AFR/3113

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu, Somalia

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the attack by Al-Shabaab on 14 April at the Ministry of Higher Education in Mogadishu, which killed Somali civilians, as well as members of the Somalia National Security Forces and one AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) soldier, and injured others.  The members of the Security Council expressed their 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 and courage of the Somali National Security Forces and the AMISOM troops.  The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to all actors working towards more peace and stability in Somalia, including both UNSOM (United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia) and 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 senseless act of terrorism in Somalia, would dent their resolve to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.

14 APRIL 2015

SC/11861-AFR/3112

 

Security Council Press Statement on Attacks in Tripoli

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks against the embassies of the Republic of Korea and Morocco in Tripoli, Libya, on 12 and 13 April.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the two Libyans killed in the attacks.

 

The members of the Security Council condemned all acts of violence against diplomatic premises, which endanger innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of diplomatic representatives and officials.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

 

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

 

The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.

13 APRIL 2015

SC/11858-PKO/477

 

Security Council Press Statement on Killing of Chilean Peacekeeper in Haiti

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on a vehicle of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on 13 April, which resulted in the death of a Chilean peacekeeper.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy to the family of the fallen peacekeeper, to the Government and people of Chile and to MINUSTAH.

 

The members of the Security Council looked forward to the completion of a full and comprehensive investigation by MINUSTAH and Haitian authorities to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident.

13 APRIL 2015

SS/11857-AFR/3110

 

Security Council Press Statement on Libyan Dialogue

 

The members of the Security Council took note of the meeting of political leaders in Algeria on 13 April and look forward to the planned next round of talks in the Libyan dialogue in Morocco on 15 April, facilitated by the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Bernardino León.

 

The members of the Security Council strongly urged all Libyan stakeholders participating in the talks to agree on arrangements on the formation of a National Unity Government to end Libya’s political, security and institutional crisis.

 

Expressing deep concern about the continuing violence in Libya, the members of the Security Council reaffirmed that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya and called on all parties to cease hostilities to create a peaceful and conducive environment for an inclusive dialogue.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled resolution 2213 (2015) and emphasized that the Sanctions Committee is prepared to sanction those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability or 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.

10 APRIL 2015

SC/11855-AFR/3108

 

Security Council Press Statement on Mali

 

The members of the Security Council heard a briefing on Mali by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, on 9 April.

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, which was initialed on 1 March by representatives of the Malian Government, one of the coalitions of armed groups, “Platform”, and all members of the international mediation team, as a critical step to achieve lasting peace in Mali.  The members of the Security Council considered this agreement as balanced and comprehensive, aiming to address the political, institutional, governance, security, development and reconciliation dimensions of the crisis.

 

The members of the Security Council commended the role played by Algeria and other members of the international mediation team for their continued efforts to assist the Malian parties to achieve lasting peace in Mali.

 

The members of the Security Council urged the armed groups of the Coordination to initial the draft agreement and called on all actors who have influence on the Malian parties to use it in this regard.  The members of the Security Council expressed their intention to follow developments in this respect closely.

 

The members of the Security Council encouraged the parties to seize this historic opportunity and to continue to engage constructively with sustained political will and in good faith, supported by the members of the international mediation team, to sign this agreement as soon as possible and commit to its effective, complete and sincere implementation, through the further development of implementation modalities and timelines.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined that the responsibility for the full and faithful implementation of a peace agreement rests with the Malian parties, supported by the international mediation team and the wider international community.

 

The members of the Security Council underscored the need for clear, detailed and concrete oversight mechanisms to support the implementation of the future agreement, which has to be Malian-led and Malian-owned, and expressed their intention to facilitate and follow closely its implementation, in close coordination with the international mediation team.  The members of the Security Council reiterated the leading role the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in conjunction with the other members of the international mediation team and the wider international community, to support and oversee the implementation of this agreement.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern over the volatile security situation in the North of Mali and the continued attacks, including against MINUSMA, and violent clashes in Mali.  The members of the Security Council urged all parties to swiftly implement all agreed confidence-building measures to facilitate the implementation of the ceasefire, with the support of and in coordination with MINUSMA.  The members of the Security Council reiterated their demand that all parties refrain from any action, whether direct or conducted through proxies, that jeopardizes prospects for peace.  In this regard, they reiterated their readiness to consider appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against those who resume hostilities and violate the ceasefire.

7 APRIL 2015

SC/11852-AFR/3106

 

Security Council Press Statement on Boko Haram Attacks against Civilians in North-East Nigeria and Chad

 

the deadly attacks in Kwajafa in Borno State, Nigeria, on 5 April 2015 and in Tchoukou Telia, Chad, on 3 April 2015.

 

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

 

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.

 

Ahead of the planned Summit between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the members of the Security Council urged the two subregional organizations, and their members, to adopt a common strategy and develop active cooperation and coordination to more effectively and urgently combat the threat posed by Boko Haram, and stressed the need to adopt a comprehensive approach to successfully combat Boko Haram and the threat it poses to the region.  In this respect, the members of the Security Council welcomed the convening of a joint ECOWAS-ECCAS experts meeting in Douala, Cameroon, on 2 April 2015 as a step towards achieving this goal of enhanced cooperation.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the actions of Boko Haram, constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whosoever committed.

 

The members of the Security Council 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.

3 APRIL 2015

SC/11850-AFR/3104

 

Security Council Press Statement on Al-Shabaab Attack in Garissa, Kenya

 

The members of the Security Council are outraged by the terrorist attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab in Garissa, Kenya.  They condemned the attack in the strongest terms.  The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of the Republic of Kenya.  They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.

 

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to Kenya’s role in the fight against terrorism.  They paid particular tribute to Kenya’s role in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in the struggle 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 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 Kenyan 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 underscored their solidarity with the people and Government of the Republic of Kenya at this difficult time.

28 MARCH 2015

SC/11844-AFR/3099

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemn the attack on 27 March on the Maka al-Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu, perpetrated by Al-Shabaab, which has caused the death and injury of many innocent Somalis, including Somalia’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Yusuf Bari-Bari.  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 Federal Republic of Somalia.  The members of the Security Council also wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the swift response and courage of the Somali National Security Forces 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.

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