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Council Strongly Condemns Bombing In Bali

UN Security Council Strongly Condemns Deadly Weekend Bombing In Bali

New York, Oct 4 2005

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the deadly weekend bombing in Bali, Indonesia, regretting that the island had "again fallen victim to a heinous act of terrorism."

Bali was previously rocked in October 2002 by a car bomb which killed at least 180 people and wounded scores of others.

In a statement adopted in response to the latest attack, the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to justice, and urged all States to provide support and assistance to the Indonesian Government.

The statement, read by the Council President for October, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, reiterated that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constituted 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."

It also restated the Council's determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities for peace and security under the United Nations Charter.

The statement cited the obligation of all countries to adhere to Council Resolution 1373. Adopted in 2001 in the wake of the 11 September attacks against the United States, it binds all nations to prevent terrorist groups on their territories from collecting funds, recruiting members, or obtaining identity papers, travel documents or weapons to carry out their activities and to ensure "that terrorist acts are established as serious criminal offences in domestic laws and regulations and that the punishment duly reflects the seriousness of such terrorist acts."

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