UN approves resolution urging action plan against DAESH

UN Security Council approves action against DAESH and calls on members to intensify fight against terror organisation after Paris attacks

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The United Nations Security Council votes to approve a resolution at the U.N. headquarters in New York July 20, 2015.

Following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the United Nation Security Council passed an action plan on Friday urging its member states to intensify and coordinate their actions against DAESH.

The Security Council approved a resolution empowering countries to "take all necessary measures" against DAESH.

The resolution indicated that the DAESH terror organisation "constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security" and stated the Security Council’s determination "to combat by all means this unprecedented threat."

The resolution "unequivocally condemns in the strongest terms" these and earlier "horrifying terrorist attacks" organised by DAESH this year in Ankara, Turkey, and Sousse, Tunisia.

The resolution also came eight days after twin suicide bombing attacks also took place in Beirut, killing 43 people, and three weeks after a Russian passenger plane was downed in Egypt's Sinai Province, killing all 224 people on board. Both attacks were also undertaken by DAESH.

Britain's ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft, also the current Security Council president, said, "Today we sent a clear, unambiguous message that there will be no respite from our collective efforts to stop, suppress and destroy ISIL [DAESH]."

Russia also declared it would join Western powers in the UN action plan which empowers countries to "take all necessary measures" to fight against DAESH and prevent possible attacks by the group. Russia described DAESH as a "global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security."

EU ministers agree to tighten border checks   

The European Union has announced it will tighten border controls and Belgium issued its highest terror alert for Brussels, warning of a "serious and imminent threat" of attacks.

On Thursday, Al Qaeda linked militant group Al-Mourabitoun, based in northern Mali, attacked the country's capital Bamako and took nearly 170 people hostage at a Radisson Blu hotel. They killed at least 27 hostages and injured several others on Friday.

Last week on Friday evening, DAESH terrorists targeted six different locations in Paris, killing at least 130 people and injuring more than 300 others.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve stated in Brussels he and his EU counterparts agreed to "immediately" tighten controls for entry to the 26-country Schengen area.

Cazeneuve said the European Commission shared it plan for "obligatory checks at all external borders for all travellers," for all EU citizens until the end of 2015.

"We can't lose any more time," Cazeneuve said and added, “We asked for this meeting because we want Europe, which has lost too much time on issues that are urgent, take the decisions today which need to be taken".

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said, "We are here to show our French colleagues, and the French people, that we stand by them and that we are determined to make a tough, clear response."

Under current travel regulations, the people from the 26 Schengen countries normally have their documents visually checked by security forces when they leave or enter the area. The new proposal by EU ministers will likely mean travel documents are systematically checked against criminal and security databases.


TRTWorld and agencies