United Nations Security Council Resolution 1450

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1450
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Date 13 December 2002
Meeting no. 4,667
Code S/RES/1450 (Document)
Subject Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts
Voting summary
14 voted for
1 voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1450, adopted on 13 December 2002, after reaffirming the principles of the United Nations Charter and resolutions 1189 (1998), 1269 (1999), 1368 (2001) and 1373 (2001), the Council condemned the attacks on Israeli targets in Kikambala and Mombasa, Kenya on 28 November 2002.[1]

The Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts and the obligation of states to adhere to the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation.[2] It deplored claims of responsibility by Al-Qaeda for the attacks in Kenya, affirmed the obligations of states under Resolution 1390 (2002), and expressed sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and the people and governments of Kenya and Israel.[3]

The resolution called upon all states to bring the perpetrators to justice in accordance with their obligations under Resolution 1373.[4] Finally, the Council concluded by expressing its determination to combat all forms of terrorism.

Resolution 1450 was adopted by 14 out of the 15 Council members, while Syria was opposed to it. Explaining their vote, the Syrian representative said the country condemned the terrorist attacks but opposed the repeated use of Israel in the text and language that deviated from the main purpose of the resolution.[1] Furthermore, Syria stated that Israel had committed "terrorist atrocities" itself daily against the Palestinian people.[5] The adoption of the resolution also marked the first time that Israeli losses were mentioned or condemned in a resolution; the Security Council did not mention Israeli losses in the aftermath of the 1994 AMIA bombing in Argentina.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Council votes to condemn terrorist attack in Kenya". United Nations. 13 December 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. ^ Gray, Christine D. (2004). International law and the use of force. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-927130-6. 
  4. ^ "Security Council condemns last month's terrorist attacks in Kenya". United Nations News Centre. 13 December 2002. 
  5. ^ Barrow, Greg (14 December 2002). "Syria objects to Israel 'as victim'". BBC News. 
  6. ^ Preston, Julia (14 December 2002). "In a First, U.N. Notes Israeli Dead in Terror Attack in Mombasa". The New York Times. 

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