Press Releases

    SC/7545
    28 October 2002

    SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS "HEINOUS" MOSCOW HOSTAGE- TAKING,
    DEMANDS IMMEDIATE, UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE


    Resolution 1440 (2002) Adopted Unanimously


    NEW YORK, 24 October (UN Headquarters) -- The Security Council this afternoon condemned in the strongest terms the heinous act of taking hostages in Moscow on 23 October, as well as other recent terrorist acts in various countries, and regarded such acts, like any act of international terrorism, as a threat to international peace and security.

    Unanimously adopting resolution 1440 (2002), the Council also demanded immediate and unconditional release of all hostages of that terrorist act and expressed the deepest sympathy and condolences to the people and the Government of the Russian Federation and to the victims of the terrorist attack and their families.

    In addition, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under resolution 1373 (2001), to cooperate with the Russian Federation authorities in their efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of that terrorist attack.

    The meeting, which began at 1:09 p.m., adjourned at 1:11 p.m.

    Resolution

    The full text of the resolution reads, as follows:

    "The Security Council,

    "Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and its relevant resolutions, in particular resolution 1373 (2001) of 28 September 2001,

    "Reaffirming the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts,

    "1. Condemns in the strongest terms the heinous act of taking hostages in Moscow, the Russian Federation, on 23 October 2002, as well as other recent terrorist acts in various countries, and regards such acts, like any act of international terrorism, as a threat to international peace and security;

    "2. Demands immediate and unconditional release of all hostages of this terrorist act;

    "3. Expresses the deepest sympathy and condolences to the people and the Government of the Russian Federation and to the victims of the terrorist attack and their families;

    "4. Urges all States, in accordance with their obligations under resolution 1373 (2001), to cooperate with the Russian authorities in their efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of this terrorist attack;

    "5. Expresses its reinforced determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations."

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