Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Terrorism, whether in Libya, Bangkok or elsewhere, deserves the strongest condemnation

The UAE has condemned in the strongest possible terms the terrorist acts perpetuated by terrorist organisations, notably, Daesh, which targets, kills, intimidates and destroys properties of civilians, especially in the Libyan city of Sirte.

In a statement, the UAE extended heartfelt condolences and solace to the bereaved relatives of the victims.

Khalifa Al Tunaiji, UAE Deputy Permanent Representative to Arab League, said in a speech before the Arab League's extraordinary meeting to discuss the developments in Libya, on Tuesday, that "the UAE reiterates its condemnation of these despicable crimes against the innocent people in Libya."

He stressed the need for backing Libya's legitimate government and its efforts to extend its sovereignty over the rest of Libyan territory.
He added that Arab states and the international community should support the legitimate government, the people of Libya, and the Libyan parliament.

Al Tunaiji underscored that the UAE backs the efforts led by the International body to implement the international resolutions.

"Terrorism, which is damaging Libya and threatens its territorial integrity and stability, cannot be in any way considered a political trend but a crime against innocent people," he said.

On behalf of the UAE, he requested the addition of an item on the agenda regarding the assault on the UAE embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, by the Houthi group.

Al Tunaiji referred to the statement issued by the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which it called for the evacuation of the embassy immediately and restoring it to the embassy staff, adding that the UAE retains the right to bring perpetrators of this attack to justice.

He noted that the occupation of the embassy and the evacuation of embassy staff would not deter the UAE's support for the restoration of stability to sisterly Yemen.

The UAE official underscored: "This criminal act is a flagrant violation of international law, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 relating to the immunities enjoyed by foreign embassies, and United Nations General Assembly resolution 121/69, on taking effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions, diplomatic and consular representatives, adopted by the General Assembly in December 2014."

Al Tunaiji said the Houthi group practices jungle law.

The representatives collectively denounced the attack on the UAE embassy and warned about dangers posed by Daesh, especially in Libya, and called for concerted efforts to tackle it. –End-

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