UN council condemns Israel diplomat attacks

Investigators at Tughlaq Road police station inspect a vehicle that exploded near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on February 14, 2012. The blast that badly wounded an Israeli diplomat February 13 was a terrorist attack by a highly-trained operative, the Indian government said February 14, as Israel accused Iran of being responsible.

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned a "terrorist attack" against an Israeli diplomat in India, without making any mention of accusations against Iran.

The 15-nation council said in a statement that it "condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in New Delhi" on February 13 in which an Israeli diplomat was badly injured.

The council also condemned an attempted attack in the Georgian capital which followed. An Israeli embassy employee found a bomb on his car and contacted police who defused the device.

The UN Council did not say who was behind the attacks. But Israel has accused Iran of masterminding both attacks as well as a plot in Bangkok in which an Iranian lost both legs when a bomb he was carrying exploded. Suspects linked to Iran have been detained in Azerbaijan, media reports say.

Tehran has strongly denied any involvement in the incidents.

The Security Council "condemned the new and recurring acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives, which endanger or take innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials," said the statement.

The council said "all states" must "cooperate actively with all relevant authorities" to catch those behind the attacks.

Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor said the statement was the first time the council has condemned a terrorist attack against Israelis since 2005.

"Today the unanimous voice of the Security Council can be heard around the world - from the halls of every embassy that faces Iranian terror to the hospital room of Israeli diplomat Tal Yehoshua, who is still recovering from her injuries," Prosor said.

The envoy sent a letter to the council calling on members to condemn the attacks.

Iran's UN envoy sent a letter to the council on Wednesday saying Israel had made "unfounded allegations and distortions" against his country over the attacks.