UN, Annan condemn attacks
Thursday, September 13, 2001
Text of a resolution adopted by the 15-member United Nations Security Council meeting in an emergency session yesterday:
The Security Council, reaffirming the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, determined to combat by all means threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, recognizing their inherent right of individual or collective self-defence in accordance with the Charter,
1. Unequivocally condemns in the strongest terms the horrifying terrorist attacks which took place Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania and regards such acts, like any act of international terrorism, as a threat to international peace and security;
2. Expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families and to the people and government of the United States of America;
3. Calls on all states to work together urgently to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of the terrorist attacks and stresses that those responsible for aiding, supporting or harboring the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these acts will be held accountable;
4. Calls also on the international community to redouble efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts by increased co-operation and full implementation of the relevant international antiterrorist conventions and Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 1269 of Oct. 19, 1999;
5. Expresses its readiness to take all necessary steps to respond to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and to combat all forms of terrorism in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations;
6. Decides to remain seized of the matter.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan's subsequent address:
We meet, as you have said, in exceptionally grave circumstances. Our host country and this host city have been subjected to a terrorist attack which horrifies us all. We do not yet know the full extent of the damage, but it seems certain that thousands of people have lost their lives and many have suffered dreadful injuries.
All of us feel deep shock and revulsion at the cold-blooded viciousness of this attack. All of us condemn it, and those who planned it -- whoever they may be -- in the strongest possible terms.
All of us, I am sure, extend our most profound sympathy to the victims, to their loved ones, and to the people and government of the United States. More than that, we must express our solidarity with the American government and people in this hour of trial.
Terrorism is an international scourge, which the United Nations has many times condemned. A terrorist attack on one country is an attack on humanity as a whole. All nations of the world must work together to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.