Security Council meeting 5738

Date7 September 2007
S-PV-5738 2007-09-07 12:45 7 September 2007 [[7 September]] [[2007]] /

Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

The meeting was called to order at 12.45 p.m.

Expression of thanks to the retiring President

The President

As this is the first meeting of the Security Council for the month of September, I should like to take this opportunity to pay tribute, personally and on behalf of the Council, to His Excellency Mr. Pascal Gayama, ChargĂ© d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Congo to the United Nations, for his service as President of the Security Council for the month of August 2007. I should like to thank him for the great skill with which he led our work and for the personal sense of receptiveness that he demonstrated. I am sure that I speak for all members of the Council in recognizing him as a true professional.

Adoption of the agenda

The agenda was adopted.

Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

The President

I should like to inform the Council that I have received a letter from the representative of Algeria, in which he requests to be invited to participate in the consideration of the item on the Council’s agenda. In conformity with the usual practice, I propose, with the consent of the Council, to invite that representative to participate in the consideration of the item, without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

There being no objection, it is so decided.

At the invitation of the President, Mr. Yousfi (Algeria) took a seat at the Council table.
The President

Permit me at the outset to express to the representative of Algeria, on behalf of all delegations, our most sincere condolences for the tragic events that took place in Algeria yesterday.

The Security Council will now begin its consideration of the item on its agenda. The Council is meeting in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations.

After consultations among members of the Security Council, I have been authorized to make the following statement on behalf of the Council:

“The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that occurred in Batna, Algeria, on 6 September 2007, causing numerous deaths and injuries, and expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terrorism and their families and to the people and the Government of Algeria.

“The Security Council underlines the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice, and urges all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005), to cooperate actively with the Algerian authorities in this regard.

“The Security Council reaffirms 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 Security Council further reaffirms the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The Council reminds States that they must ensure that any measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

“The Security Council reiterates its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.”

This statement will be issued as a document of the Security Council under the symbol S/PRST/2007/32.

The Security Council has thus concluded the present stage of its consideration of the item on its agenda.

The meeting rose at 12.50 p.m.
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