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The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on November
19 against the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed at
least 23 people and wounded more than 140 in the vicinity, responsibility for which
has been claimed by an Al-Qaida-linked group. The members of the Security Council extended
their condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those
injured in these heinous acts, and to the peoples and Governments of Lebanon and Iran.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that
any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever,
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 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 premises, agents
and consular officers. Recalling the presidential statement of July
10, 2013, the members of the Security Council appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve
national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country's stability and stressed
the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon's policy of disassociation
and to refrain from any involvement in
the Syrian crisis, consistent with
their commitment in the Baabda Declaration.