United Nations Security Council Resolution 1440

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1440
Date24 October 2002
Meeting no.4,632
CodeS/RES/1440 (Document)
SubjectThreats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1440, adopted unanimously on 24 October 2002, after reaffirming the principles of the United Nations Charter and Resolution 1373 (2001), the Council condemned the hostage-taking at a theatre in Moscow, Russia, by Chechen militants.[1]

The Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.[2] It condemned taking of hostages in a Moscow theatre, as well as terrorist acts carried out in other countries, and demanded their immediate release.[3] The Council expressed sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and the Russian government and people.

The resolution called upon all states to co-operate with and provide assistance to the Russian authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice in accordance with their obligations under Resolution 1373.[3] Finally, the Council concluded by expressing its determination to combat all forms of terrorism.

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  1. ^ "Security Council condemns 'heinous' Moscow hostage-taking, demands immediate, unconditional release". United Nations. 24 October 2002.
  2. ^ Nesi, Giuseppe (2006). International cooperation in counter-terrorism: the United Nations and regional organizations in the fight against terrorism. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-7546-4755-3.
  3. ^ a b "Seven freed from Moscow theater". CNN. 25 October 2002.

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