UN Security Council condemns terrorist attacks in Beirut

WAM NEW YORK, 20th February, 2014 (WAM) — The U.N. Security Council last night condemned yesterday’s terrorist attacks in the Bir El Hassan neighbourhood in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed at least eight people and wounded more than 100.

In a statement, the members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attacks which occurred in the vicinity of the Iranian Cultural Centre in Beirut, responsibility for which has been claimed by an Al-Qaeda-linked group.

The members of the Security 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, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

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

The members of the Security Council commended the commitment of the new Government to maintain security and stability in Lebanon, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.

They also appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country’s stability, and stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis, consistent with their commitment in the Baabda Declaration.

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