UN Security Council tackles foreign extremism

By REUTERS
September 9, 2014 07:36

 
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The UN Security Council plans to demand countries "prevent and suppress" the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups like Islamic State by ensuring it is considered a serious criminal offense under domestic laws.

The United States circulated a draft resolution late on Monday, obtained by Reuters, to the 15-member Security Council and hopes it can be unanimously adopted at a high-level meeting chaired by US President Barack Obama on Sept. 24.

UN diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the council was likely to reach agreement on a resolution. A US official said there appeared to be consensus among council members on how to tackle foreign extremist fighters.

The draft would compel countries to make it illegal for citizens to travel abroad, collect funds or facilitate the travel of other individuals abroad "for the purpose of the perpetration, planning, or preparation of, or participation in, terrorist acts, or the providing or receiving of terrorist training".

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