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UN slams attack on U.S. embassy in Turkey

English.news.cn   2013-02-02 14:35:05            

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Friday "condemned in the strongest terms" the attack on the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, which resulted in one death and several injuries.

The condemnation was contained in a statement issued by Kim Sook, South Korea's permanent representative to the United Nations, who holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for this month.

"The members of the Security Council condemned the new and recurring acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives, which endanger or take innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials," the statement said.

"They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts," it added.

According to media reports, a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body after entering an embassy gatehouse, killing himself and a Turkish security guard.

The attacker was reportedly a member of an anti-U.S. far-left group, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Washington.

"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 statement said.

"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," it said.

Editor: Lu Hui
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