US: UN Security Council condemns Ivorian terrorist attack

New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attacks in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, that killed some 18 people and left many more injured, and for which Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed responsibility.

In a press statement, Council members offered their “deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as to the Government of France and all other Governments whose citizens were targeted in these attacks”, and wished “a speedy recovery to those injured”.

The Council expressed solidarity with Côte d’Ivoire and the countries in the region fighting against terrorism, and stressed the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.

Underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council 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 Council resolutions, “to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard”.

Regardless of who was responsible, the Council members reiterated that any acts of terrorism were criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, location or time.

They also reaffirmed the need for all States to combat – by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter 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 Ivorian government has, meanwhile, declared three days of national mourning following Sunday's deadly attack on three hotels in the town of Grand-Bassam, some 40 km east of the main city of Abidjan, according to media reports on Monday.

The decision was taken after a national security council meeting on Monday as the death toll was revised to 15 civilians and three soldiers. Three terrorists were also said to have been killed.

The government also said security would be beefed up at several places including schools, diplomatic missions and the borders.

The initial death toll released by officials after Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara visited Grand-Bassam on Sunday was 14 civilians, two soldiers and 6 terrorists.

The terrorist attack on the beach resort of Grand-Bassam follows similar attacks on hotels in two other West African cities - Bamako, the Malian capital last November, and Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso capital, last January.

The Ivorian attack has been roundly condemned across the world with the United States of America, France, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, UN World Tourism Organisation, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria leading the chorus.

US and France have pledged assistance to find the terrorists.
-0- PANA MA 14March2016

14 march 2016 20:28:29

xhtml CSS