Attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli
I utterly condemn the attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, during which two French security staff were injured.
In coordination with the Libyan authorities, the state services will do everything in their power to elucidate the full circumstances of this heinous act and swiftly identify its perpetrators.
I express to the injured French staff my wishes for a full recovery, my solidarity and my deep sympathy./.
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (excerpts)
Paris, April 23, 2013
The President utterly condemns this morning’s attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli, which injured two gendarmes in charge of the security of our diplomatic post.
The Head of State expresses to those injured his solidarity and his wishes for a speedy recovery. (…)
France expects the Libyan authorities to shed full light on this intolerable act so that its perpetrators can be identified and brought to justice. Through France, the act targets all those countries in the international community which are engaged in the fight against terrorism./.
Press Statement adopted today by the Security Council on the attack against the French Embassy in Tripoli
New-York, April 23, 2013
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. They expressed their deep sympathy to the families of the victims of this 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.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these acts to justice.
The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.
The members of the Security Council recalled the durable commitment of the international community to support Libya’s successful transition to a peaceful and prosperous democracy.