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Security Council Condemns Terrorism - 2001-09-12


In an unusual show of solidarity, the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council stood in unison to adopt a resolution condemning the terrorist attacks in the United States.

The resolution not only condemns the attacks, but calls on all nations to work together to bring the perpetrators to justice. It says those who aid, support or harbor the terrorists must also be held accountable.

The formal meeting of the Security Council began with a moment of silence, in memory of those who died. Then, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed sympathy to the people and government of the United States, but noted that terrorism has no borders. "Terrorism is an international scourge, which the United Nations has many times condemned," he said. "A terrorist attack on one country is an attack on humanity as a whole."

The secretary-general's remarks were followed by brief statements from representatives of 14 council members and, at the end, U.S. representative James Cunningham expressed his thanks for the support and solidarity. "This was an assault, not just on the United States, but on all of us, who support peace and democracy, and the values for which the United Nations stands," he said.

Although the United States has suffered what Mr. Cunningham called a "cowardly and evil" attack, he said Americans will not be shaken in their resolve.

After the meeting, the head of the Palestinian Observer Mission to the United Nations, Naser Al-Kidwa, restated the Palestinian Authority's strong condemnation of the attacks on the United States. "We feel horrified and shocked over the criminal, terrorist acts, which have taken place in the United States," he said. "We convey our condolences to the President of the United States and to the people of the United States, and our hearts go out to the victims. We feel this country will go through this huge suffering, and they will get to the bottom of it, and bring the perpetrators to justice."

Regarding reports of some joyous street demonstrations among Palestinians over the terrorist attacks, Mr. Al-Kidwa said he regrets the actions of what he called a "limited number of sick-minded people."