UK-drafted Security Council resolution targets ISIS
A British-drafted resolution targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group will be voted on by the powerful U.N. Security Council on Friday, and is expected to unanimously adopted, diplomats said.
The draft, obtained by Al Arabiya News Channel’s New York Bureau, “deplores and condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist acts of [ISIS] and its violent extremist ideology, and its continued gross, systematic and widespread abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law.”
The draft also condemns any trade – whether direct or indirect – with ISIS or Nusra Front and warns such moves could lead to sanctions.
The draft resolution asks U.N. experts – charged with monitoring violations of the Council’s al-Qaeda sanctions regime – to report “within 90 days on the threat, including to the region, posed by [ISIS and Nusra Front], their sources of arms, funding, recruitment and demographics, and recommendations for additional action to address the threat.”
It also “calls upon all Member States to take national measures to suppress the flow of foreign terrorist fighters to, and bring to justice, in accordance with applicable international law, foreign terrorist fighters of [ISIS],” and “demands that all foreign terrorist fighters associated with [ISIS] and other terrorist groups withdraw immediately.”
A rapid push by ISIS militants to the northern borders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region last week sparked the first U.S. airstrikes in Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops in 2011.
While ISIS has long been blacklisted by the Security Council, the Nusra Front was only added earlier this year.
As one of the five permanent members of the U.N.’s most powerful body, Britain holds veto power of any council decision along with France, Russia, China, and the U.S.