UN Security Council condemns deadly bomb blasts in Syria

Orient Net - Armenpress 2016-05-25 07:19:00

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UN Security Council condemned on Tuesday the terrorist attack that that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians in the Syrian coastal cities, Armenpress reported.

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Jableh and Tartous, Syria, on 23 May,” UN official website stated, in which nearly 150 people were killed and at least 200 others were wounded.

They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, and stressed the need for all Member States to fully comply with their obligations under the 2014 UN Security Council resolution 2178.

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," and strongly reiterated that “terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or civilization.”

The members of the Security Council stressed the "need to take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terrorist organizations and individual terrorists in accordance with resolutions 2199 (2015) and 2253 (2015)."

The members of the Security Council also reiterated their condemnation of indiscriminate attacks on civilians by any party to the Syrian conflict. They supported the International Syria Support Group’s expression, in its 17 May statement, of its serious concern about growing civilian casualties in recent weeks, making clear that the attacks on civilians by any party are completely unacceptable.

The members of the Security Council expressed their full support for the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, underscored the need for the full implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions 2254 (2015) and 2268 (2016), the Vienna statement of the International Syria Support Group of 17 May 2016, the Munich Statement of the International Syria Support Group of 11 February 2016, the Vienna statements of 30 October 2015 and 14 November 2015 and the 2012 Geneva communiqué.

The members of the Security Council called for a new round of negotiations between the parties, under the auspices of the United Nations, to be convened at an appropriate time and urged the parties to engage constructively in this process.

They reiterated their call on the parties to immediately allow humanitarian agencies rapid, safe and unhindered access throughout Syria by most direct routes, also called for allowing immediate humanitarian assistance to reach all people in need throughout Syria as defined by the UN and called for UN Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), particularly in all besieged and hard-to-reach areas, including all those in the Damascus suburbs, and stressed that “border crossings that are necessary for humanitarian relief should remain open as called for in Security Council resolution 2258 (2015).” The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to “the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Syria.”