UN imposes sanctions against ISIL and al-Qaeda related groups

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution listing six individuals affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front on the Al-Qaida sanctions regime in an attempt to cut off funding to these groups.

In the resolution the Council expresses its “gravest concern” that territory in parts of Iraq and Syria is under the control of ISIL and Al-Nusra and over the negative impact of their violent extremist ideology and actions on the stability of the region, the devastating humanitarian impact on the civilian populations and the role of these groups in fomenting sectarian tensions.

The resolution also reaffirms the need for accountability for those who have committed or are otherwise responsible for violations of international humanitarian law or violations or abuses of human rights in Iraq and Syria.

Speaking to the members of the Security Council, the Council’s current president, United Kingdoms’ ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, said “Resolution 2170 represents the international community’s comprehensive rejection of these terrorist groups and expresses its determination to respond. The Council has taken its firm and united stand. There is already a strong response on the way to the short term ISIL threat, including military and humanitarian.”

In its resolution, the Security Council deplored and condemned in the strongest terms “the terrorist acts of ISIL and its violent extremist ideology, and its continued gross, systematic and widespread abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law.”

US ambassador Samantha Power said “in imposing sanctions on six individuals, this resolution demonstrates the Council sense of urgency and its willingness to take concrete action against those who carry the guns and those who supply them.”

The Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari asked members of the Council what is the identity of those who buy the Syrian oil and how is the oil still coming through Turkey.

He added “I would like to know also why the members States of the Security Council have not responded to our repeated claims from more than three years with respect to the exportation by the organizations via Libya.”

The Iraqi ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told the Security Council that his country condemns in the “strongest possible” terms the barbaric terrorist actions carried out by ISIL across borders and also by groups affiliated with Al-Qaida.

He also said “we want to demonstrate here that the threat presented by the existence of these terrorist groups is far from limited itself to threatening the security of the people in the State of Iraq it is a threat to international security and to all the people of the region without any distinction.”

Speaking later to reporters outside the Security Council, the Syrian ambassador Bashar Ja’afar said “I would like here to draw your kind attention to the fact that the way the main drafter of the resolution, meaning the delegation of Britain, failed in its responsibilities to consult with the main concerned parties –which are Syria, of course, and Iraq – while elaborating the draft resolution.”

He added “so the famous British diplomacy failed to address the minimum requirement of dealing with such serious question which is combating terrorism.”

Also speaking to the press, the British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant responded to the Syrian ambassador-in his national capacity- saying “we heard the Syrian Representative blaming others for the raise of terrorism in Syria. But the reality is that it is Assad who is the in large part the cause of terrorism he is certainly not the solution to it. By brutally suppressing its population and stalking sectarian tensions, the Syrian regime has created conditions conducive to the growth of terrorism. It has made Syria a magnate for terrorists and its actions remain al-Qaeda’s best recruiting tool.”