Monday, September 17, 2012

Security Council Condemns Attacks on Embassies and Consulates

United Nations Security Council LogoThe members of the Security Council have condemned "in the strongest terms" the series of violent attacks against embassies and consular premises of Member States in multiple locations on 13 and 14 September.

"The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at these attacks recalling that the very nature of diplomatic premises is peaceful and that diplomats have among their core functions the promotion of better understanding across countries and cultures," the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press.  "The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed."

At least seven people have reportedly been killed amid violent protests that have taken place outside the diplomatic premises of several Western countries across the Middle East in response to a film mad
e in the United States seen as insulting to Islam.

The Council called on all authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect fully their international obligations in this regard.

(UN Press Release)

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