04 October 2005
United Nations Condemns Bali Bombings
Security Council urges nations to help bring perpetrators to justice
By Judy Aita
Washington File United Nations Correspondent
United Nations -- Condemning the recent terrorist bombings in Bali, Indonesia, the U.N. Security Council October 4 stressed the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of the brutal attacks to justice.
Issuing a presidential statement at a public meeting, the council condemned "in the strongest terms" the terrorist bombings at two restaurants in a Bali beachfront tourist area on October 1 that killed 27 and wounded 133.
Indonesian anti-terrorism officials have said they believe the blasts were the work of a group linked to the al-Qaida terrorist organization.
"The Security Council underlines the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these intolerable acts to justice and urges all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and resolution 1373, to cooperate with and provide support and assistance, as appropriate, to the government of the Republic of Indonesia in this regard," the council said in the statement read by President Mihnea Motoc of Romania.
Formal presidential statements are agreed upon by all 15 members of the Security Council. Most of the governments and Secretary-General Kofi Annan rushed to condemn the bombing soon after they occurred.
In Washington on October 1, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice condemned the bombings. She said that the "United States stands with the people and government of Indonesia as they work to bring to justice those responsible for these acts of terrorism."
"We will continue to work together in our common fight against terror," Rice added. (See related article.)
Indonesian Ambassador Rezlan Jenie told the Security Council October 4 that "all of Indonesia is understandably horrified by this brutal tragedy which is being speedily investigated. The perpetrators will be made to account for their actions."
"Let me make one point very clear," Jenie said, "the government of Indonesia will not be derailed from its efforts to create an open, democratic society. We will not be blackmailed or scared away from our efforts to enhance development. We will not succumb to terrorism or any other organized crime. We will continue to cooperate with other nations who are working hard to develop a comprehensive response to terrorism. We know that in the end terrorism will be defeated."
Indonesia believes that "our approach to combating terrorism should include efforts to win the hearts and minds of the people, enhancing efforts to promote tolerance and peaceful co-existence, and empowering the moderates of our society," the ambassador said.
The Security Council statement also said 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 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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