Security Council condemns deadly India-Pakistan train bombing; says no justification
The Security Council today condemned Monday’s “terrorist” attack on the Delhi-Lahore 'Friendship Express,' in which 67 people were killed and nearly 20 injured, reiterating that no cause can justify terrorism and welcoming the commitment of both India and Pakistan to proceed with dialogue.
“The members of the Security Council condemn the terrorist bombing of the Delhi-Lahore ‘Friendship Express’ carried out on February 19…[they] express their deepest sympathy to all injured and their condolences to the families of the victims,” Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia, which this month holds the Council’s revolving presidency, told reporters.
“The members of the Security Council reiterated that no cause can justify the use of terrorist violence. They underlined the need to bring to justice the perpetrators... [they] reaffirmed the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and by all means under international law.”
“The members of the Security Council welcome the commitment to the peace process expressed by the leaders of India and Pakistan after this terrorist attack, as well as their determination to proceed on the path of dialogue.”
The Council’s condemnation of the deadly blast comes after a similar statement yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who also expressed satisfaction that the leaders of both countries had reaffirmed their determination to continue with dialogue.