NEW YORK, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the Jordanian diplomatic convoy in Tripoli, Libya, on 15 April, which resulted in the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador and injuries to his driver.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at this attack and called for the immediate release of the Jordanian ambassador.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice.
The members of the Security Council called on the Libyan authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, to respect fully their international obligations in this regard and to work towards the safe release of the ambassador.
The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of the persons of diplomatic agents and consular officers, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on the person, freedom or dignity of such agents or officers.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the durable commitment of the international community to support Libya’s transition to a peaceful and prosperous democracy.