12 September 2012, 18:48

UN strongly condemns Libya attack on US diplomats

UN strongly condemns Libya attack on US diplomats

The United Nations on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of the US ambassador to Libya and three other American diplomats.

The UN's top political official, Jeffrey Feltman, told the UN Security Council "we condemn in the strongest terms" the attack in Benghazi on Tuesday. The killings "further emphasize the security challenges facing the authorities in Libya," said Feltman.

Clinton calls Libya attack work of 'small and savage group'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned on Wednesday an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya as the work of a "small and savage group" but said US-Libyan ties would not suffer.

"I ask myself, how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?" Clinton said. "This question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding the world can be."

"But we must be clear-eyed even in our grief. This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of Libya," she added in a brief appearance.

Clinton said a free and stable Libya was in U.S. interests and that ties between the two countries would not be a "casualty" of the attack.

Clinton mourns deaths of diplomatic staff
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the killing of the American envoy to Libya and three others by "a savage and small group" should "shock the consciences of people" around the world.

In paying tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens and his co-workers killed when militants attacked the US mission in Benghazi, she vowed the United States would not turn its back on Libya as it tries to build a new future.

AFP, Reuters

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