After killings in Libya, Costa Rica rejects terror

Costa Rica has condemned the Muslim attack against U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. Four U.S. citizens, including Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer, died.

Initial reports said that the four were killed when a mob, angered by an amateur film in the United States that mocks Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, stormed the U.S. consulate. Later reports suggest that the attack was planned because the consulate first came under small arms fire.

The Costa Rican Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores said that this country rejects absolutely terrorism in all its forms and particularly actions against diplomats.

The ministry also said it was urging respect for international agreements particularly those addressing obligations of a country to protect diplomats.

The White House said Obama spoke with the families of Ambassador Stevens and Smith.

The ambassador, who had served in other positions in Libya, died while trying to evacuate embassy workers from the consulate that was under fire. It eventually was torched.

In the White House Rose Garden with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by his side, Obama said Wednesday that he ordered steps to enhance security for U.S. diplomats and personnel around the world.

The United States, he said, will not rest until those responsible for the killings are brought to justice.

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