Is international community serious about stopping ISIL expansion?


The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, urged European countries to impose international embargo on weapons reaching al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (previously as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “ISIL”).

Ban Ki-moon also demanded economic sanctions on the Islamic State which holds large areas in Syria and Iraq.

Following a report by the UN political mission in Iraq, delivered to the Security Council, tackling the deteriorating security situations due to “ISIL actions”, Ban Ki-moon denounced violence practised by ISIL and its supporters.

“I invite UN state members, including Iraq’s neighbouring countries, to unite and support Iraq in its war against terrorism,” U.N. Secretary General stated earlier this week.

Speaking to ARA News, Iraqi political activist Ibrahim Abo Zaid commented on the U.N.’s discourse concerning the Islamic State and its offensives in large areas in Iraq and Syria, saying: “I think the International Community must impose serious sanctions on countries which support ISIL and provide the group’s militants with weapons, because these weapons are being used against innocent civilians.”

“We need to stop the flux of weapons reaching ISIL-supporting countries, which then deliver weapons illegally to ISIL, claiming that they lost the arms during battles like what happened in Mosul (northern Iraq) a month ago,” Abo Zaid said. “The International Community is demanded to stop countries which support ISIL rather than debating regional and international solutions to prevent more expansion of ISIL group.”

Abo Zaid emphasized that International Community must stop Syria, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia from supplying ISIL with weapons.

“International Community must address Russia at the first place as it is the funder of such countries,” he said.

Abo Zaid believes that ISIL’s power is unbreakable “unless the two regimes in Iraq and Syria fall, or the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is seriously supported in Syria to fight the Islamic State”.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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