NEW YORK, AUGUST 17 – The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain.
Guterres extended his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those killed and to the Government and people of Spain. He wished a speedy recovery to those injured and expressed hope that those responsible for this heinous violence will be swiftly brought to justice.
“The United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government of Spain in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism”, the Secretary General said.
In coordination with the Spanish Mission, the Italian delegation drafted a pressl statement condemning “in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack, during which at least 13 people were killed and at least 80 were injured”. The statement was unanimously approved.
The members of the Council expressed their solidarity with Spain in its fight against terrorism and stressed the need to intensify international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.
They reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international 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, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Spain and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured – 15 in serious conditions – after a van rammed through crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday, in what the Spanish Prime Minister described as an act of “jihadi terrorism.”