UN Security Council on Monday welcomed the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying that the terrorist mastermind "will never again be able to perpetrate such acts of terrorism," dpa reported.
"The council reaffirms that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or group," the Security Council said in a statement, which was read in an open meeting by French Ambassador Gerard Araud, council president for May.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said earlier Monday that the death of bin Laden was a watershed moment in the global campaign against terrorism.
"The crimes of al-Qaeda touched most continents and brought tragedies and loss of lives to thousands of men and women and children," Ban said in reaction to Washington's confirmation overnight Sunday of the killing of bin Laden in Pakistan.
"The UN condemned in the strongest possible terms terrorism in all its forms, regardless of its purposes and wherever it is committed," Ban said. "This is a day to remember the victims, and families of the victims, in the United States and everywhere in the world."
The council urged all countries to remain vigilant and intensify their efforts in the fight against terrorism.
The body said terrorism cannot be defeated through military force alone, but also requires a "sustained and comprehensive approach" to address the conditions that had led to violent terrorist acts."