Secretary-General’s statement on bombing in Beirut – 2 January 2014

New York, 2 January 2014 – The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s car bombing in the southern Beirut suburb of Haret Hreik that has killed and wounded a number of people. He extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Lebanon and wishes those injured a swift recovery.

This act follows the terrible bombing on 27 December and further reflects a deeply worrying escalation in the violence witnessed in Lebanon in recent months. The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese parties to act with restraint and for the Lebanese people to come together to support the institutions of the state, particularly the army and security forces, as they work to prevent other acts of terrorism and to safeguard the stability and security of their country.

The Secretary-General underlines the need for the instigators and perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice as soon as possible.