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07 July 2005

U.N. Council Unites Against Terror, Condemns London Bombings

Urges all countries to cooperate in finding perpetrators, organizers

By Judy Aita
Washington File United Nations Correspondent

United Nations -- The U.N. Security Council moved quickly July 7 to condemn the bomb attacks in London and emphasize the international community's united front against terrorism.

The council unanimously adopted a resolution that "condemns without reservation" the terrorist attacks in the London subway and on a bus that left at least 37 dead and hundreds injured.  It urged all states "to cooperate actively in efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these barbaric acts."

Council President Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece expressed the council's "outrage and indignation at today's appalling terrorist attack against the people of the United Kingdom that cost human life and caused injuries and immense human suffering."

Speaking with journalists after the formal council session, Vassilakis said that "at this moment it is important to send a strong message against those who have committed these unjustifiable crimes.  They have to know that the international community is determined more than ever to combat collectively the scourge of terrorism which constitutes a serious threat to international peace and security."

"Those responsible for these horrendous acts will be brought to justice and punished," the council president said.

Expressing the Security Council's "deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and government of the United Kingdom," Vassilakis said the council "stands by their side in this difficult hour."

British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said that the resolution "recommits us to tackle terrorism."

"All of us must tackle terrorism in all its forms to reduce the chances of these events occurring," Jones Parry said, adding that the attacks came as world leaders were meeting at the Group of Eight (G8) Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, to try to "help problems of development, the problems of security which beset this world."

"That is the issue which confronts the council," he said.

U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson said that on July 6 the United States had asked the chairman of the U.N. General Assembly's legal committee to reconvene talks on the terrorism convention in the coming weeks.

Patterson said that there was broad consensus among Security Council members that the London attacks "only stiffened people's spines" and will reenergize the negotiations on the convention which has been ongoing for almost nine years.

Patterson said the United States hopes to get the outstanding issues in the treaty text resolved by the time world leaders meet at the United Nations 60th Anniversary session in mid-September.

In Gleneagles, where he is attending the G8 summit, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement that he was "devastated by the atrocious bombings."

"These vicious acts have cut us all to the core, for they are an attack on humanity itself," Annan said.

"Today, the world stands shoulder to shoulder with the British people, who with others around the world had mobilized so powerfully against poverty and climate change ahead of the Group of Eight summit, and who, I am sure, will confront this ordeal with the same spirit, courage and determination," the secretary-general said.

The full text of the resolution is available on the United Nations Web site.

For additional information on the London bombings, see Response to Terrorism.

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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