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UN Security Council strongly condemns attack on Russian embassy in Libya

October 05, 2013, 5:42 UTC+3
The members of the Security Council called on the Libyan authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel
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Photo EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI

Photo EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI

UNITED NATIONS, May 30 (Itar-Tass) - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned Wednesday’s attack against the Russian embassy in Tripoli, Libya, which caused serious damage to the diplomatic premises, and emphasized the need for preventing other such incidents and bringing those responsible to justice.

“Such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement runs.

The members of the Security Council called on the Libyan authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect fully their international obligations in this regard.

The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian embassy in Tripoli was attacked by militants in the evening of October 2. The incident followed the murder of a Libyan officer by a Russian woman.

The decision to evacuate the embassy was made after the Libyan Interior Minister visited the Russian embassy and said that Libya was unable to provide protection and ensure the security of its staff.

On Thursday, the UN Secretary-General’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said that such incidents deserved condemnation and were impermissible.

 

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