Statement of CICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs (December 24, 2016)
STATEMENT OF CICA MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey, on December 19, which resulted in the assassination of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation. We express our deep condolences to the family of the Ambassador and the Government of the Russian Federation. We reiterate the necessity to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorist attacks to justice. We underline that a thorough investigation in this connection is required. We reaffirm 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. We reaffirm the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. We renew our commitments to undertake all efforts to counter terrorism through implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant UNSC Resolutions on preventing the recruitment, facilitation, financing, and any other support for terrorism. We stress the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic agents and consular officers and the obligations, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.