UN Security Council condemns New Zealand shooting as 'heinous and cowardly'

UN Security Council condemns New Zealand shooting as heinous and cowardly
New York (Reuters): The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned a shooting attack at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 people as “heinous and cowardly” and said acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable.

“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” the 15-member council said in a statement, proposed by Kuwait and Indonesia. The council stood to observe a moment’s silence for the victims on Friday.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated the urgency of working better together globally to counter Islamophobia and eliminate intolerance and violent extremism in all its forms.

In a statement on tragic terrorist attack at two Mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand, the world body Chief again called for sanctity of Mosques and all places of worship.

The Secretary General’s spokesperson said that Antonio Guterres is shocked and appalled at the terrorist attack at two Mosques in Christchurch and extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of New Zealand.

The Secretary General also called upon all people to show solidarity with the bereaved Islamic community on this tragedy at a holy day of Friday for the Muslims.

In a tweet, the UN Secretary General strongly condemned the shooting of innocent people as they were praying peacefully in two mosques in New Zealand.

He said we must stand united against anti-Muslim hatred and all forms of bigotry and terror.

The UN Security Council strongly condemning the Christchurch attack on two Mosques has reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

In a statement on the Christchurch massacre, the UN Security Council members underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.

They urged all States to cooperate actively with the Government of the New Zealand and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means the threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts under UN Charter.

They expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of New Zealand and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.