After Nice Attack, UNSC Issues Press Statement, Here, PGA and NextSG Candidates Too, Ban 11 Hours Later

UNITED NATIONS, July 14 ( -- Hours after the attack in Nice, the French Mission tweeted that the UN Security Council had issued a Press Statement of condemnation, which we publish below. President of the General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft issued a statement; several candidates to replace Ban Ki-moon tweeted their condemnation. From Ban, still nothing - after meeting Saudi Arabia's foreign minister in a postponed then delayed meeting, Ban set off for the African Union and IGAD meetings in Kigali, where US officials and Omar al Bashir will all be.

Update: 12 hours after Obama, 11 after PGA Lykketoft, Ban Ki-moon issued a statement, below, date lined "New York."

Here is the UNSC Press Statement, which the Council's President for July, Koro Bessho of Japan, is set to read on UNTV at 9:45 am on July 15 in New York:

Security Council Press statement on terrorist attack in Nice, France

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack which took place in Nice, France, on the evening of the 14th of July 2016, Bastille Day, and during which at least 77 people, including children, were killed and dozens injured.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government of France.

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.

The members of the Security Council 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 of these terrorist acts to justice.

14 July 2016

And here is Ban Ki-moon's statement many hours later, datelined New York:

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on attack in Nice

The Secretary-General condemns the 14 July terrorist attack in Nice, France.  He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this horrific act, as well as to the Government and the people of France. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The Secretary-General hopes that all those responsible for this massacre will be rapidly identified and brought to justice.  He stands firmly by the French Government and people as they confront this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

New York, 15 July 2016

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