Category Archives: Statements from the UN Security Council

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in the Philippines – 4 September 2016

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack at a night market in the city of Davao in the Philippines on 2 September, during which at least 14 people were killed and over 67 injured.

They expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of the Philippines and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

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

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 of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.  They 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.

UN Security Council press statement on the murdering of Fan Jinghui and Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad

(19 November 2015, New York) The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice. The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for the killing of Fan Jinghui and Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad all be held accountable and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with China, Norway and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of China and Norway, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL.

The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out. The members of the Council further emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, as the Council resolved in United Nations Security Council resolution 2170(2014).

The members of the Security Council further recalled that ISIL is included on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and is thus subject to the asset freeze and arms embargo in resolution 2161 (2014) and further recalls that any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

UN Security Council Press Statement on Sexual exploitation and abuse and the Central African Republic – 18 August 2015

The members of the Security Council were briefed by the Secretary-General on 13th August 2015 on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by United Nations peacekeepers, including the latest allegations of abuses committed in the Central African Republic (CAR).

They shared his outrage and anger at these allegations and recalled that peacekeepers should protect civilians in the areas where they are deployed. They stated that the United Nations, and particularly its peacekeepers, must comply with relevant provisions of international law, including with respect to the protection of human rights.  The members of the Security Council noted the United Nations should not let the actions of a few tarnish the heroic work of tens of thousands of United Nations peacekeepers and personnel.

 The members of the Security Council welcomed the commitment of the Secretary-General to enforce strictly his zero tolerance policy and took note of his recommendations to ensure full compliance of all missions with the policy, including as part of regular reporting by the missions.

They noted the recent appointment of an External Independent Panel to look into reports of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Central African Republic and the United Nations’ systemic response, and looked forward to its findings being made public.

 The members of the Security Council reiterated the primary responsibility of troop and police contributing countries to investigate allegations against their uniformed personnel, and, if appropriate, to prosecute, and to inform the United Nations, in a timely manner, of the progress and outcome of investigations. They asked the Secretariat to keep police and troop contributing countries fully informed as soon as allegations against peacekeepers are made, stressed the need for full and appropriate reporting within the United Nations system, and regretted that some allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse including the latest allegations by the United Nations peacekeepers in the CAR were brought to their attention by external actors such as the media and NGOs. They stressed the importance of the United Nations quickly investigating in a credible, transparent manner the most recent allegations of misconduct and abuse, and if substantiated, working with the troop contributing countries involved to ensure those responsible are held accountable. The members of the Security Council underscored the importance to build the capacity of troop contributing countries to investigate allegations and hold accountable those involved in abuses within their own national legal frameworks. The members of the Security Council emphasized the need for victims and their families to be assisted when such abuses occur, including through better information sharing on the actions taken by troop and police contributing countries to hold those committing abuse accountable and underlined the importance of addressing the needs of the victims.

 The members of the Security Council recalled paragraph 45 of resolution 2217 (2015), and stressed the need for all forces operating in the CAR, while carrying out their mandate, to act with full respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the CAR and in full compliance with applicable international law and recalled the importance of training in this regard. They took note of the decision of the Secretary-General to ask for the resignation of his Special Representative in CAR and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA). They paid tribute to General Babacar Gaye’s tireless efforts in support of peace, security and reconciliation in the Central African Republic and during his United Nations career. They took note of the Secretary-General’s nomination of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga as Acting Special Representative and Head of MINUSCA and assured him of their full support to MINUSCA.

 18 August 2015

Security Council Press Statement on attacks in Mogadishu – 27 July 2015

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the suicide attack against the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 26 July, which has caused numerous deaths, including one member of security staff from the Chinese Embassy, and injuries, and for which Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility. They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. The members of the Security Council offered their condolences to the people and Governments of the Republic of Somalia and the People’s Republic of China.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

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

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice.

The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.

The members of the Security Council underlined their enduring commitment to support peace and stability in Somalia. They underlined that neither this, nor any other terrorist attack would undermine their determination to support political and military progress. The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to all international actors working to support the people and Government of Somalia.

Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan – 10 July 2015

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gerard Jacobus van Bohemen (New Zealand):

The members of the Security Council noted 9 July 2015 as the beginning of the fourth year of independence for the world’s youngest nation, the Republic of South Sudan.  They expressed their profound disappointment with the actions of President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar Teny and other leaders who have put their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people and jeopardized the foundation of this fledgling state.

The members of the Security Council noted that the failure of the two leaders to pursue peace has resulted in the death of tens of thousands of civilians, the displacement of more than 2.1 million people, and the attacks upon, and deaths of, UN peacekeepers, internally displaced persons receiving UN protection, and humanitarian personnel.  They reaffirmed that such acts will not be tolerated.  The members of the Security Council renewed their grave alarm at the nineteen months of violence in South Sudan and the resulting man-made political, security, humanitarian and economic catastrophe.

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law in South Sudan, including those reported by UNICEF and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Unity and Upper Nile States in April and May 2015 which included those involving castration, mass-rape, and the burning of women and children in their homes. They expressed their determination to support all efforts to hold those responsible to account for these crimes.

The members of the Security Council recognized the work of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in leading the mediation since the onset of the crisis, and noted that while mediation efforts have been underway, there have been no signs that the parties are prepared to cease fighting and undertake a genuine peace process.  In this regard, they  recognized the need for an urgent assessment and reinvigoration of the political process to develop and implement a comprehensive solution to end the crisis in South Sudan, and looked forward to renewed efforts by IGAD, the friends of South Sudan from Africa and abroad, and the United Nations to do so.

The members of the Security Council recalled the 1 July 2015 designation of six individuals under resolution 2206 (2015) and reiterated their commitment to designate for sanctions political and military leaders that threaten the peace security and stability of South Sudan.

In light of the significant deterioration of the situation, the members of the Security Council underscored the urgent and imperative need to end impunity and ensuring accountability, anticipated with interest the findings and recommendations of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan and encouraged the public release of the final report urgently, and in this regard, looked forward to the outcome of the African Union Peace and Security Council Ministerial-level meeting scheduled for 14 July 2015.

Security Council Press Statement on terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia – 26 June 2015

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks of 26 June 2015 against a chemical products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, triggering an explosion and killing at least one through a gruesome beheading while injuring others; a bomb attack in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, Kuwait, killing at least 24 and injuring many more; and gunmen attacking a tourist hotel near Sousse, Tunisia, killing at least 37 and injuring many others.

The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and their sympathy to all those injured in these heinous attacks, as well as to the peoples and the Governments of France, Kuwait, Tunisia, and others who lost their citizens in these attacks.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

Security Council Press Statement on Burundi – 4 June 2015

The members of the Security Council heard the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, Mr Saïd Djinnit, and the Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide on the situation in Burundi, Mr. Adama Dieng.

The members of the Security Council welcomed Mr. Dieng’s engagement in Burundi and expressed their appreciation for his visit in Burundi on 30 and 31 May 2015.  The members of the Security Council reiterated their concern with the violent acts perpetrated in Burundi and the impact of the crisis on the region. They called on all Burundian stakeholders to demonstrate their sense of responsibility, to exercise restraint, not to resort to violence or retaliatory attacks, to settle disputes peacefully and to prioritize Burundi’s peace and stability above all else and in the best interests of the nation.

The members of the Security Council took note of the recommendations issued after the Summit in Dar-Es-Salaam on 31 May 2015 of the East African Community (EAC), calling for the postponement of the elections for a period not less than one and a half month and welcomed the commitment of the Government of Burundi to implement it. The members of the Security Council also welcomed the EAC Summit’s call for urgent disarmament of all armed youth groups allied to political parties and creation of conducive conditions for the return of refugees to Burundi.

The members of the Security Council encouraged the EAC and other international partners to continue to engage directly with the Burundian parties to ensure the full and effective implementation of the conditions set out by the EAC.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the facilitation team, in particular to the East African Community and the African Union, and to the dialogue led by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit. They expressed their support for the Special Envoy to assist in monitoring the implementation of the conditions set out by the EAC for the holding of elections. They expressed their support for the proposal to deploy African Union human rights observers in Burundi.

The members of the Security Council called for the resumption of the political dialogue between the Burundian parties and call them to pursue it in order to create, in the spirit of the Arusha Agreements, an environment conducive for peaceful, credible and inclusive elections in Burundi. They called on the electoral Mission of the United Nations in Burundi (MENUB) to pursue the implementation of its mandate in this regard.

The members of the Security Council called on all Burundian parties to reach agreement on a new electoral calendar; reinstatement of private media; protection of civil and human rights, including freedom of peaceful assembly, including for members of the political opposition to campaign freely; release of detainees; holding accountable of those who have used violence; respect of the rule of law; and urgent disarmament of all armed youth groups allied to political parties, as reflected in the conditions of the EAC communiqué of 31 May 2015, to be met prior to the holding of elections.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their intent to respond to violent acts which threaten peace and security in Burundi.

 

 

 

Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan – 3 June 2015

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern over the security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan, and reiterated their full support for UNMISS leadership and personnel and for the vital mandate they are performing under very difficult conditions, including to protect civilians in South Sudan.  In this regard, they expressed concern over the latest developments in South Sudan, including the Government of South Sudan’s 29 May 2015 decision to expel the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The members of the Security Council underscored that to make such a determination immediately following the 27 May 2015 warning by the World Food Programme that South Sudan is facing the worst levels of food insecurity in the young country’s history because of a combination of conflict, high food prices and a worsening economic crisis, shows a disregard for the plight of the South Sudanese people and for the essential role the international community, in particular the United Nations, is playing to address the dire humanitarian crisis and deliver hope to the people.

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the repeated violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement accepted and signed by the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (in Opposition) on 23 January 2014, and underscored that there is no military solution to this conflict that is only growing more violent as it nears its 18th month.   They further condemned the 28 May 2015 exchange of gunfire into the UNMISS Protection of Civilians site in Malakal by Sudan People’s Liberation Army soldiers, resulting in the injury of three civilians and one UNMISS peacekeeper.  The members of the Security Council reiterated their call upon the Government of South Sudan to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of all civilians and UNMISS Protection of Civilian sites in South Sudan, to swiftly investigate these incidents, and to bring the perpetrators of these egregious acts to justice.  In this regard, they underlined their willingness to impose sanctions against those who threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan as established in resolution 2206 (2015).

The members of the Security Council demanded that all parties end intimidation and harassment against UNMISS and humanitarian personnel, cease ongoing restrictions on freedom of movement, and allow UNMISS to fully implement its mandate.  They further demanded full adherence to the Status of Forces Agreement, and underscored the importance of close cooperation and communication, including at the highest levels, between the Government and UNMISS and in addressing these issues.

The members of the Security Council called upon all parties to engage meaningfully in the peace process so as to bring about a political solution to the crisis and an end to the conflict.  They urged the Secretary-General to renew the UN’s engagement with all relevant stakeholders to help bring an end to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan.

Security Council Press statement on the situation in Yemen – 2 June 2015

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the grave situation in Yemen. In this regard, the members of the Security Council were deeply disappointed that the consultations in Geneva planned for 28 May did not take place. The members of the Security Council urged Yemeni stakeholders to participate in the UN-brokered inclusive political consultations as soon as possible.

The members of the Security Council recalled Security Council resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012), 2140 (2014), 2201 (2015) and 2216 (2015), emphasizing the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process. The members of the Security Council reiterated their demand for the full implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions, and reiterated their call from resolution 2216 (2015) on all Yemeni parties to resume and accelerate UN-brokered political inclusive consultations.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend these talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition. The members of the Security Council emphasized that the UN-brokered inclusive political dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process, with the intention of brokering a consensus-based political solution to Yemen’s crisis in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference, and relevant Security Council resolutions.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Yemen, and further reiterated their request of the Secretary-General to intensify his good offices role in order to enable a resumption of a peaceful, inclusive, orderly, and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people.

The members of the Security Council endorsed the UN Secretary General’s call for a further humanitarian pause in order to allow assistance to reach the Yemeni people urgently. The members of the Security Council urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance, as well as rapid, safe, and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including medical assistance. The members of the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including taking all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, including water systems, schools, and hospitals, and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to get assistance to those in need. The members of the Security Council stressed the urgent need for ongoing commercial supplies to enter Yemen because of the heavy dependence of Yemen and its people on imported food and fuel.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Yemen, and its commitment to stand by the people of Yemen.

2 June 2015

Security Council Press Statement on Burundi – 25 May 2015

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Mr. Zedi Feruzi, leader of the opposition Union pour la paix et le développement (UPD) Zigamibanga party in Burundi, and his bodyguard, on 23 May 2015 in Bujumbura. The members of the Security Council also condemned the grenade attack in Bujumbura’s central market on 22 May 2015 that left two dead and many others injured.

The Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. They urged the Burundian authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their call on all Burundian stakeholders to demonstrate their sense of responsibility and exercise calm and restraint in the interest of peace and reconciliation in Burundi. They called on the Burundian authorities to take concrete steps to prevent further violence, whilst respecting fundamental freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.

The members of the Security Council called on all Burundian stakeholders to pursue the consultative political dialogue facilitated by the Special Envoy for the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Mr Said Djinnit, and representatives of the African Union, the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, to create an environment conducive to peaceful, credible and inclusive elections in Burundi, in the spirit of the Arusha Agreements.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their intent to respond to violent acts which threaten peace and security in Burundi.