UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn deadly bombings in Uganda

08:37, July 13, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council on Monday strongly condemned the deadly bombings in the Ugandan capital of Kampala and called for efforts to bring perpetrators of "vicious" attacks to justice.

Twin bombs went off in Kampala, killing more than 70 people and wounding hundreds others at two sites as they were watching the final match of the football World Cup. Al-Shabaab, a Somali-based militant group with links to al-Qaida, has reportedly claimed the responsibility for the attacks.

The secretary-general, in a statement issued here by his spokesman, described the bombings as "vicious", voicing his hope that "the perpetrators of these acts will be brought to justice and prosecuted."

Ban extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and the Government of Uganda, as well as his wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the injured, the statement said.

Also on Monday, the Nigerian UN ambassador, Uche Joy Ogwu who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for July, said in a press statement that the 15-nation Council condemned "in the strongest terms" the terrorist attacks, and called for those responsible for the deadly bombings to be brought to justice.

"The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that occurred in Kampala, Uganda, on July 11, 2010, causing numerous deaths and injuries," the statement said. "They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of these heinous acts of terrorism and to their families, and to the people and government of Uganda."

"The members of the Security Council underline the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urge all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Ugandan authorities in this regards," the statement said.

"The members of the Security Council reaffirm that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and further reaffirm the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts," the statement said.

Meanwhile, "the members of the Security Council remind States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism must comply with all their obligations under international law, and in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law," the statement said.

"The members of the Security Council reiterate their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations," the statement added.

Source: Xinhua


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