United Nations: Top UN officials on Wednesday strongly condemned the “vicious” attack on the American consulate in Benghazi that killed the US Ambassador to Libya and three other staff members, saying there is no justification for such kind of violence.
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council in a pre-scheduled briefing on Libya that the UN “rejects defamation of religion in all forms, but there is no justification for violence such as occurred in Benghazi”.
US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two other staff members at the American consulate were killed when a mob carrying guns and rockets, angry over a film deemed offensive to Islam, stormed the consulate.
The UN Security Council is likely to issue a statement condemning the attack.
US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said she joins President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in “condemning in the strongest terms this vicious and violent attack”.
Rice said the US lost “four brave individuals” who “exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice and international partnership”.
She said Stevens was a “close friend” of the Libyan people who stood by them in their revolution and its aftermath and understood their aspirations.
Stevens “was passionate about his work to bring about a better future in Libya, and he cared deeply for the Libyan people. He and the rest of his team risked their lives daily to support the Libyan people’s democratic aspirations, including during the height of the revolution, when he represented the United States in Benghazi,” Rice said.