The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution that calls on all countries to stop the supply of weapons to “terrorists” and extremist groups.
The Council on Wednesday “strongly condemned” the continued flow of weapons, military equipment, drones and improvised explosive devices to the Daesh and al-Qaeda Takfiri terror groups and their affiliates as well as illegal armed groups and criminals.
The 15-member body urged the UN’s 193 member states “to prevent and disrupt procurement networks for such weapons,” also calling on all countries “to act cooperatively to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons” via the Internet or social networks.
“This is one of the first resolutions aiming to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons,” said Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, the Egyptian ambassador to the UN and current Security Council president. “Arming of terrorists and terrorist groups … is a crime that is no less heinous than the terrorist act itself.”
He also noted that the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of weapons “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life.”
Additionally, the UN member states were urged to strengthen their judicial, law enforcement and border-control capacities in order to ensure the ability to take appropriate legal actions against those knowingly engaged in providing arms and ammunition to terrorists.
Daesh, notorious for its heinous atrocities and sacrilegious acts, has been committing gross human rights violations and war crimes in the areas it has overrun, particularly in Syria and Iraq.
The Takfiri group has also perpetrated a host of crimes and terrorist, including car-ramming, bombing and stabbing attacks, in other parts of the world.