United Nations
Security Council President Jean-David Levitte (France)
Statement on the Terrorist Attacks
September 11, 2001

Members of the Security Council are shocked by and unanimously condemn in the strongest terms the horrifying terrorist attacks which have taken place today in New York, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere in the United States. This is a tragedy for and a challenge to all humanity. There can be no excuse or justification for these acts and any terrorist act.

Members of the Security Council express their deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families and to the people and government of the United States of America.

Members of the Security Council call on all States to work together urgently to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of today’s outrages. They call on the international community to redouble its efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts by increased cooperation and full implementation of relevant international anti-terrorist conventions and Security Council resolutions.

Members of the Security Council express their readiness to take urgent further steps in accordance with their responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.