New Security Council Resolution 2178 Particularly Encouraging for Iraq, SRSG Mladenov says
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General today welcomed the unanimous adoption by the Security Council of Resolution 2178 (2014), condemning violent extremism and requiring States to work together by implementing laws and policies to prevent travel, and support for foreign terrorist fighters.
“This historic resolution is particularly encouraging for Iraq in its fight against terrorism and armed groups like ISIL and those foreign elements who are joining them”, Mr. Mladenov said.
“Terrorism must be defeated in a way that avoids further radicalization and civilian deaths”, he added, cautioning that preventing and eradicating further threats must be consistent with international human rights and humanitarian law, as well as the Charter of the United Nations.
Referring to paragraph 16 of the Resolution, Mr. Mladenov further stated:
“I strongly encourage the Government of Iraq to engage relevant local communities and non-governmental actors in developing strategies to counter the violent extremist narrative that can incite terrorist acts, and to address the conditions conducive to the spread of violent extremism"
“The United Nations is working closely with the Government of Iraq and its international partners to develop programmes and policies that will assist Iraq in confronting terrorism, and support the care and protection of its many victims, in full compliance with Iraq’s international obligations.”
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