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UN Security Council slams attack against French embassy in Libya
The UN Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the "terrorist attack" against the French embassy in Libya.
"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against the embassy of France in Tripoli, Libya, resulting in several injuries and severe damage," said a statement issued here by the 15-nation body.
The French embassy in the Libyan capital was hit by a car bomb early on Tuesday, injuring two French guards and causing heavy damage to the building.
In the statement, the Security Council expressed its deep sympathy to the families of the victims of the attack, calling it a "heinous act."
"The members of the Security Council condemned again all acts of violence against diplomatic representatives, which endanger innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials," said the statement.
The UN Security Council also reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security, adding that "any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed."
The Council members reiterated the need to combat by all means threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, while underlining the need to bring the perpetrators of these acts to justice. They also underscored the durable commitment of the international community to support Libya's successful transition to a peaceful and prosperous democracy.
France has been the target of terrorist groups' attacks following its military commitment mainly in Afghanistan and in Mali. Up to now, 14 French nationals are said to be in the hands of al Qaeda-linked groups in the Sahel region, Africa.
[Source: Xinhua, United Nations, 23Apr13]
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