UN Security Council Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Beirut – 43 Killed, Over 200 Injured


Human Wrongs Watch

13 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on 12 November in the Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh that killed at least 43 and injured more than 200 people.

A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file)

A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file)

In a press statement, the Council’s 15 members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon. They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

Underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Lebanese authorities in this regard.

In their statement, the members of the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all 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, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong support for the stability, territorial integrity, sovereignty, and political independence of Lebanon.

UN officials condemn attack in Beirut suburb, call for terrorists to be brought to justice

A camp for Palestinian refugees in Burj al-Barajneh in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Photo: James Haines-Young/IRIN (file)

A camp for Palestinian refugees in Burj al-Barajneh in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Photo: James Haines-Young/IRIN (file)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative in Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, have on 12 November 2015 strongly condemned the terrorist attack today in the Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh.

“He is deeply saddened at the reported high numbers of fatalities and injured, and extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Lebanon. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured, said Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

In the statement, Ban reiterated the support of the United Nations for Lebanon’s institutions, including the Lebanese Armed Forces and security services, in their efforts to safeguard the security of Lebanon and its people.

“He trusts they will not allow this despicable act to destroy the relative calm that has prevailed in the country over the past year,” the statement added, also reiterating the need for all parties to continue to work to preserve Lebanon’s stability and security, as called for by the Security Council.

“The Secretary-General calls for those responsible for this terrorist act to be swiftly brought to justice,” the statement concluded.

Earlier in the day, Kaag also strongly condemned “the heinous” deadly attack.

“Lebanon’s unity, stability and security need to be supported and shielded at all times,” she said in statement on the attack, in which according to media reports at least 37 people were killed and more than 181 wounded by suicide bombers.

“The international community stands by Lebanon,” she added, voicing profound condolences to the families of the victims, and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

She stressed the need for those responsible for terrorist acts to be brought to justice, and expressed her strong support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and the security services. (Source: UN).

2015 Human Wrongs Watch

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