UN chief calls for cooperation to stop financing foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Governments around the world have been urged to cooperate in stopping financing for foreign fighters who join Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

The appeal has come from the UN Secretary-General as a major conference on Peace and Security in Iraq was being held in Paris on Monday.

Fighters from different countries, including western nations are reported to have joined the militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria known as ISIS.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov attended the Paris conference.

"In his remarks, delivered on behalf of the Secretary-General, Mr. Mladenov called upon Member States to cooperate in enforcing the sanctions adopted by UN Security Council resolution 2170 (2014), calling on those states to act to suppress the flow of foreign fighters, financing and other support to Islamist extremist groups in Iraq and in Syria. Mr. Mladenov further underlined that growing international consensus to fight Islamist extremist groups must also be governed by international law and standards that uphold the protection of civilians." (31")

A humanitarian crisis has unfolded following attacks by ISIS militants which have forced thousands of civilians to flee their homes in Iraq.

The head of the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) Valerie Amos concluded a three-day visit to the country over the weekend.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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