UN Security Council: Terrorism ‘serious threat’ to peace and stability in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the recent terrorist attacks on civilians in Afghanistan, including the attack near the Taliban’s foreign ministry in Kabul on 27 March that killed at least six people and wounded several others. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP).

In a press statement on Tuesday, Council President Pedro Comissário Afonso (Mozambique) expressed the council’s deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished a full recovery to those who were injured.

“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security in Afghanistan, as well as in the world,” the statement said. The council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.

The statement also urged all states to cooperate actively with relevant authorities and combat terrorism by all means in accordance with international law, including human rights and humanitarian law.

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the council reiterated.

The council reaffirmed the need for all states to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law.