UN Security Hails Bin Laden's Death

THISDAY Newspaper- Tokunbo Adedoja

The United Nations Security Council Tuesday hailed the killing of Al Qaeda Leader, Osama bin Laden, saying with his death, he would "never again be able to perpetrate such acts of terrorism".

The Security Council, which is the organ of the UN responsible for maintaining international peace and security, said it recognised this "critical" development and other accomplishments made in the fight against terrorism.

While welcoming the killing of bin Laden in an address delivered on the floor of the council, its President, French Ambassador Gerard Araud, recalled the council's resolutions regarding bin Laden, and its condemnation of the Al Qaeda network and other associated groups for causing the deaths of numerous innocent civilians and the destruction of property.

He also recalled the heinous terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and other numerous attacks perpetrated by Al Qaeda throughout the world, and expressed the council's condolences to the victims of terrorism and their families.

Araud reaffirmed that terrorism could not and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or group.

At the session attended by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, Araud said no cause or grievance could justify the murder of innocent people, while also noting that, "terrorism will not be defeated by military force, law enforcement measures and intelligence operations alone, and can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all states and relevant international and regional organisations and civil society to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat."

The council's president however reaffirmed the call on all states to work together urgently to bring to justice the perpetrators, organisers and sponsors of terrorist attacks, and those responsible for aiding, supporting or harbouring them.


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