UN envoy in Iraq calls for ISIL to be held accountable for "horrific acts"

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A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as Nickolay Mladenov (on screen), briefs the Council via video conference. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a splinter group of Al-Qaida, has grown to be a complex threat to peace and security in Iraq, the entire region and beyond.

The head of the United Nations Mission (UNAMI) in Iraq Nikolay Mladenov issued the warning on Wednesday as he briefed the Security Council via teleconference from Baghdad.

Presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on Iraq, Mladenov said ISIL was in control of more than a third of the country’s territory.

“The Security Council should demand, in no uncertain terms, that ISIL cease all hostilities and atrocities and call upon Member States to cooperate in efforts to enforce existing sanctions and hold accountable the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these horrific terrorist acts, war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

Speaking about treatment of minorities in the Ninewa Province, Mr Mladenov said that tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, while many others have been executed or kidnapped.

He added the UN has received reports that women and children are being targeted in the conflict areas.

The top UN official in Iraq called for the establishment of humanitarian corridors and respect for impartial organizations that are providing assistance.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’21”

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