New York: The UN Security Council says that the threat of terrorism has increased and become more diffuse in various regions of the world with the help of new technologies.
He strongly condemned the flow of weapons, military equipment, drones and explosive devices to Islamic State and al-Qaeda extremists and their affiliates.
His presidential statement, approved by the 15-member council, was adopted at the end of an open meeting on counter-terrorism chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who called terrorism “an existential threat to international peace and security”.
US Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland told the council that “last year, the world faced more than 8,000 terrorist incidents, in 65 countries, that killed more than 23,000 people.” She said the UN estimated that racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism has risen more than 320 percent in recent years.
“Other recent attacks around the world: the bombing of a police station in Indonesia, the attempted coup in Germany and hateful incidents here in our country. [US] – to remind us that no country is safe from this threat, and cannot be defeated by any of us alone or by any regional bloc,” he said. “We all have to work together.”
In the presidential statement, which is one step short of a resolution, the Security Council expressed grave concern that terrorists were collecting and transferring funds in a variety of ways, including the abuse of legitimate businesses and non-profit groups, the kidnapping for ransom and trafficking in persons, cultural property, drugs and weapons.
The council urged the 193 UN member states to prioritize the fight against terrorist financing.
He also said that terrorist groups “craft distorted narratives that rely on the misinterpretation and misrepresentation of religion to justify violence” and use religious names, religion or symbols for propaganda, recruitment and manipulation of followers. To address this, the council called for counter-narratives “that promote tolerance and coexistence.”