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UN Security Council strongly condemns car-bombing attacks in Iraq

2009-10-26 01:53:10 GMT2009-10-26 09:53:10 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned the twin car bombing attacks in central Baghdad, capital of Iraq, and "underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice."

The condemnation was contained in a press statement released here by Vietnamese UN Ambassador Le Luong Minh, who holds the rotating Council presidency in October.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the series of terrorist attacks that occurred on Oct. 25, 2009 in Baghdad, which caused numerous deaths and injuries and damage, including at the Ministry of Justice and the Baghdad governorate building," the statement said.

"The members of the Security Council expressed their deep condolences to the families of the victims and reaffirmed their support for the people and the Government of Iraq, and their commitment to Iraq's security," the statement said.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with Iraqi authorities in this regard," the statement said.

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

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

"The members of the Security Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse a path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq, which is supported by the people and the Government of Iraq and the international community," the statement said.

Earlier on Sunday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the double car bombing attacks in Baghdad, urged "all Iraqis to unite in the face of these deplorable acts and to work with heightened urgency to protect Iraq's political progress, including by adhering to the date of Jan. 16, 2010 to hold free and fair national elections."

Two suicide car bombs detonated inside Downtown Baghdad Sunday. The blast caused extensive physical damage to surrounding structures, killed 136 people, and injured another 600 people, reports said.

Although no groups have claimed responsibility for the attack, they were clearly targeting the Iraqi Justice and administration buildings. Police say that the attacks are aimed at disrupting and destabilizing democracy as January elections approach.

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