UNSC: Shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus a "heinous terrorist act"

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A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Members of the Security Council have expressed "outrage" at the shelling on 28 November of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Damascus, Syria, calling it a "heinous terrorist act," according to a statement issued from UN Headquarters in New York.

The mortar attack left one person dead and 9 others injured.

The Council members strongly condemned the incident and reaffirmed the need to combat all manifestations of terrorism "by all means", in accordance with the UN Charter and international law.

The Council members extended their condolences to the family of the victim and expressed their sympathy to all those injured. They also underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Council also 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.

Finally, the 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 premises, agents and consular officers.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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