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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Russian draft statement on "terrorist attacks" in Aqrab/ Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with a distressed woman during his tour of the Syrian refugee camp at Islahiye in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria. 07 December 2012
Russia proposed this draft statement on the "terrorist attacks in the Syrian village of Aqrab, Hama province, which occurred on 11 December". Diplomats said that this text would be under silence procedure until tomorrow 12 pm. 

"Security Council draft Press Statement on terrorist attacks in Syria

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in the Syrian village of Aqrab, Hama province, which occurred on 11 December and caused over one hundred deaths and injuries among civilians. They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts.

The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at recurring attempts to provoke tensions between ethnicities and confessions and reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, 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 reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.

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."
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