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Explanatory Remarks by Ambassador Liu Jieyi after Security Council Voting on Draft Resolution on Combating the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant

2014-08-15 11:04

China supports the Security Council’s adoption of resolution 2170 (2014), aimed at combating such terrorist groups as the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) and the Nusra Front. Recently, ISIL and the Nusra Front have been rampantly and deliberately attacking civilians and persecuting people of other religions and ethnicities, resulting in large numbers of casualties among innocent civilians and the displacement of millions of civilians. That has become a serious threat to peace and security in the Middle East and the world as a whole.

China calls upon the international community to faithfully implement the resolution just adopted and to strengthen its efforts to combat such terrorist groups as ISIL and the Nusra Front by adopting concrete measures to cut off the supply of arms, personnel and financing to those terrorist groups from outside so as to stop the spread of terrorism in countries such as Iraq and to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East and throughout the world.

With globalization and the development of information and communications technology, terrorist groups such as ISIL and the Nusra Front are increasingly using the Internet and social media to spread terrorist propaganda video and audio products, to recruit for, incite, plan and execute terrorist acts and to raise funds for their terrorist activities. China welcomes the adoption of resolution 2170 (2014), which contains provisions on sanctions against terrorist groups such as ISIL and the Nusra Front in terms of their use of the Internet and social media to recruit people and obtain weapons and financing. We hope that the international community will attach great importance to this issue and will enhance their cooperation to combat cyberterrorism together.

China is also a victim of terrorism. We strongly oppose all forms of terrorism and will continue to actively participate in international counter-terrorism cooperation and to combat the threat of terrorism together.

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