UNSC expresses solidarity with Belgium

NEW YORK, March 23 (KUNA) — UN Security Council (UNSC) members expressed solidarity with Belgium in its fight against terrorism and stressed the need to intensify regional and international efforts to overcome terrorism and violent extremism.
In a statement released following to the so called Islamic State (IS) attacks in Brussels, the 15-member body condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist act, of which more than 30 people were killed and many more injured.
They expressed deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Belgium, as well as to all Governments whose citizens were killed in these attacks. They wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the statement underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice. They stressed that those responsible for these killings should be held accountable, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.
The members reiterated that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” The Angola-led Council reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
The members of the Security Council stressed the need to take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terrorist organizations and individual terrorists in accordance with resolutions 2199 and 2253. (end) mao.hb