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UN Security Council strongly condemns mortar attack on Russian embassy in Damascus

November 29, 2013, 11:53 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS

The Council members extended their condolences to the family of the victim and expressed their sympathy to all those injured

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UNITED NATIONS, November 29. /ITAR-TASS/. The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned a mortar shelling attack on Russia’s embassy in Damascus, calling it “an act of terrorism.”

“Members of the Security Council are outraged and strongly condemned the mortar shelling on 28 November against the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Damascus, Syria, which killed one and wounded 9 people including among the Embassy security personnel,” the Council said in statement issued from UN Headquarters in New York.

The Council members extended their condolences to the family of the victim and expressed their sympathy to all those injured “in this heinous terrorist act.” They also underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice, according to a UN release.

The Council reaffirmed 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. Council members also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter “and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.”

The UN Secretariat has also condemned the shelling of the Russian embassy. “As you know, we constantly issue warnings stressing inadmissibility of any attacks on diplomatic missions,” Farhan Haq, UN Secretary-General’s deputy spokesman, told Itar-Tass.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that in a mortar attack of anti-government armed groups on the district where the Russian embassy to Syria is located, one mortar shell exploded in the embassy premises and another — in close proximity to it.

The ministry stressed that is regarded shelling attacks on the Russian embassy in Damascus that have become more frequent of late, as “acts of terrorism, the perpetrators of which and those who encourage and guide them should be brought to punishment.

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