Clinton: States have “the obligation” to protect embassies

Posted on September 22, 2012

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Planet | 11:04 a.m.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Friday that all states in the world have “a duty” to protect the diplomatic missions of other countries, according to the Vienna Convention.

“All governments have a duty, a solemn duty, to defend diplomatic missions. Should be safe and protected,” said Clinton, who repeated that Washington “had taken steps to strengthen security” of its diplomatic and consular network.

Several tens of thousands of people demonstrated Friday in several Pakistan cities against an anti-Islamic film made in the United States, a movement full of violent incidents which killed 14 people despite appeals for calm from the government.

In other Muslim countries, anti-American or anti-French protests following the publication of new Mohammed cartoons in France, remain relatively isolated after the great prayer of Friday.

The 1961 Vienna Convention governing relations between states dipomáticas is an international treaty which stipulates among other things that the external security of diplomatic and consular missions is the responsibility of host States.

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