Security Council adopts resolution on terrorist kidnapping for ransom

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Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom

Countries around the world have been told that they must prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from ransom payments in kidnap situations.

A resolution was passed by the United Nations Security Council on Monday which reaffirms the obligations on Member States to deal with terrorist finances in accordance with previous resolutions introduced after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

It also expresses the Council's determination to secure the safe release of hostages without ransom payments or political concessions.

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom spoke to reporters outside the Security Council Chamber following the adoption of the resolution.

"Action today by the Security Council illustrates the international community's commitment to tackling kidnap-for-ransom, which has become the most significant terrorist financing challenge and remains a terrible threat to nationals of all countries. While numbers vary, we estimate that in the last three and a half years, Al Qaeda affiliated and other Islamist extremist groups have collected at least US $105 million." (29")

Ambassador Grant said for the first time, the Council has called on Member States to work with the private sector to respond to terrorist kidnappings without paying ransoms.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1’28″

 

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