This Article is From Aug 06, 2013

United Nations Security Council condemns attack near Indian consulate in Jalalabad

United Nations Security Council condemns attack near Indian consulate in Jalalabad
New York: The United Nations Security Council has condemned the suicide bomb attack near Indian Consulate in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan that left 12 persons dead, calling for the need to bring perpetrators of this act of terrorism to justice.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the suicide attack on 3 August near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan," said Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina, which holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of August.

The blast in Jalalabad city bordering Pakistan occurred last Saturday in the backdrop of reports that the ISI-backed Haqqani network was again plotting to attack Indian interests in Afghanistan.

Expressing deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act, and to the government and people of Afghanistan, the 15-membered UN body condemned acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, 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 Afghan authorities in this regard," the statement said.

Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, the UNSC reiterated the need to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

In her statement, Perceval stressed that "no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan," which is supported by people and government of Afghanistan and the international community.

Over the weekend, the US had also condemned in strongest terms the attack near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad.