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Press Statements 2015 (128)

17 MARCH 2015

SC/11820-AFR/3095-PKO/475

 

Security Council Press Statement on Death of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali Peacekeepers

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their regret at the death of two Dutch peacekeepers of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the region of Gao, Mali, on 17 March, which resulted from the accident of a MINUSMA helicopter.

 

The members of the Security Council extended their deepest condolences to the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and to the families of the two peacekeepers who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali and 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 resolution 2164 (2014).

8 MARCH 2015

SC/11812-AFR/3092-PKO/472

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Kidal, Mali

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the coordinated attacks against a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in Kidal, Mali, on 8 March 2015, resulting in the death of two children and of one Chadian peacekeeper of MINUSMA, and many injured.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous crime, as well as to the Governments and people of Mali and Chad, and to MINUSMA.  The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the Chadian peacekeepers for their sacrifices and continued efforts in MINUSMA.

 

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and stressed that those responsible for the attack shall 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 support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali and 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 resolution 2164 (2014).  The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to MINUSMA and French forces that support it.

 

The members of the Security Council urged all parties to refrain from any action, whether direct or conducted through proxies, that jeopardizes prospects for peace and, in this regard, reiterated their readiness to consider appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against those who resume hostilities and violate the ceasefire.

7 MARCH 2015

SC/11811-AFR/3090

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Bamako, Mali

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Bamako, Mali, on 7 March 2015, resulting in the death of five civilians, including personnel of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the European Union, and many injured.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and to the Governments of Mali, Belgium and France.  The members of the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, and stressed that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable.

 

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 support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali and 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 resolution 2164 (2014).

27 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11804-IK/700

 

Security Council Press Statement on ISIL’s Destruction of Religious and Cultural Artefacts in Mosul

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the ongoing barbaric terrorist acts in Iraq by ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] (Da’esh), including: the abduction of 100 Sunni tribesmen from outside Tikrit on 25 February; the immolation of 45 Iraqis in Baghdadi on 17 February; ongoing daily attacks targeting civilians in Baghdad; and the deliberate destruction of irreplaceable religious and cultural artefacts housed in the Mosul Museum and burning of thousands of books and rare manuscripts from the Mosul Library. 

 

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 Iraq and Syria, which is being used to support their recruitment efforts and strengthen their operational capability to organize and carry out terrorist attacks.

 

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 2161 (2014), 2170 (2014) and 2199 (2015), and underscored the need for their full and immediate implementation by all Member States.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated that no act of violence or terrorism can reverse a path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq, underpinned by the rule of law and respect for human rights, which is supported by the people and the Government of Iraq and the international community.  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.

25 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11799

 

Security Council Press Statement on Abduction of Syrian Christians by ISIL

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the abduction of more than 100 Assyrians by ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] (Da’esh) on 23 February 2015 in the north-east of Syria as well as destruction and desecration of Christian and other religious sites.  Such crimes once again demonstrate the brutality of ISIL which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities and without regard to any basic value of humanity.

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned all acts of violence against civilians including those committed on the basis of their ethnicity, religion or belief.

 

The members of the Security Council demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all those abducted by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, and stressed that those responsible for such heinous acts must be held accountable.

25 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11798

 

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

 

The members of the Security Council called for all parties in Yemen, including the Houthis, to adhere to resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation, reject acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refrain from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition.

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed that the legitimate President of Yemen, Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is no longer under house arrest.  The members of the Security Council demanded that the Houthis immediately, unconditionally and safely release Prime Minister Bahah, members of the Cabinet and all individuals still under house arrest or arbitrarily detained.

 

The members of the Security Council strongly called upon all parties, in particular the Houthis, to abide by the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement and its security annex, which provide for a Yemeni-led democratic transition in accordance with resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012), 2140 (2014), 2201 (2015) and 2204 (2015).

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the intention of the President of Yemen, Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi to engage in good faith in the UN-brokered negotiations and urged all parties to accelerate these negotiations to be held in a location to be determined by Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, to continue the political transition in order to reach a consensus solution in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference, and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement and its security annex, and to implement it.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed its support for and commitment to the work of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, in assisting the parties in reaching consensual agreements in order to resolve the political crisis.

 

The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of all parties allowing all Yemenis to assemble peacefully without fear of attack, injury, arrest or retaliation.

 

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

20 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11792-AFR/3084

 

Security Council Press Statement on Bomb Attack in al-Qubbah, Libya

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the bomb attack in al-Qubbah in Libya on 20 February, claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

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, Ansar Al Sharia 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) and 2199 (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 attacks 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 Libya and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council further recalled that ISIL is included on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and is thus subject to the asset freeze and arms embargo in resolution 2161 (2014) and further recalls that any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.  The members of the Security Council underscored the need for full implementation of resolution 2199 (2015), adopted on 12 February, to cut off ISIL’s support networks.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and international law, 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.

20 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11791-AFR/3083

 

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemn the attack on 20 February on the Central Hotel in Mogadishu, perpetrated by Al-Shabaab, which has caused the death and injury of many innocent Somalis, including Government officials and Members of Parliament as well as staff at the hotel.  They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, many of whom were gathered for Friday prayers, 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 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 (African Union Mission in Somalia).

17 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11784

 

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Debaltseve

 

The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at the continued fighting in and around Debaltseve, Ukraine, which has resulted in numerous civilian casualties.

 

The members of the Security Council regretted that, despite the announcement of a ceasefire on 15 February, violence has continued in recent days in some parts of eastern Ukraine.

 

The members of the Security Council called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and abide by commitments agreed in Minsk, including facilitating access for the OSCE [Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe] Special Monitoring Mission to monitor and verify compliance with the Minsk agreements.

 

The members of the Security Council further called on all parties to treat detained individuals humanely.

15 FEBRUARY 2015

SC/11782-AFR/3078

 

Security Council Press Statement on Murder of 21 Egyptians

 

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the heinous and cowardly apparent murder in Libya of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).  This crime once again demonstrates 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 expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victims, to the Government of Egypt, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL.  The members of the Security Council reiterate their strong condemnation of the persecution of individuals and entire communities on the basis of their religion or belief.

 

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, 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 resolution 2170 (2014) and Security Council resolution 2199 (2015).

 

The members of the Security Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by ISIL, Ansar Al Shari’a entities, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida.

 

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 Libya, Egypt and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council further recalled that ISIL is included on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List, and is thus subject to the asset freeze and arms embargo in resolution 2161 (2014), and further recalls that any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.  The members of the Security Council underscored the need for full implementation of resolution 2199 (2015), adopted on 12 February, to cut off ISIL’s support networks.

 

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 reaffirmed their full support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino León and urged all parties in Libya to engage constructively with his efforts to continue an inclusive political process aimed at addressing the political and security challenges facing the country.  Council members underscored that only through national unity and dialogue, with a view to finding a peaceful solution, can Libyans build their State and its institutions so as to defeat terrorism and prevent such grave crimes.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
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62602 Putrajaya, MALAYSIA

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