"Transnational crime is fuelling terrorism," says UN political affairs chief

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Peace doves fly on the grounds of the historic Hazrat-i-Ali mosque, in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. Credit: UN Photo/Helena Mulkerns

Terrorism and cross-border crime cannot be addressed as separate issues, according to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

Jeffrey Feltman was on Friday briefing the Security Council during a debate on threats to international peace and security.

Transnational crime, he said, is fuelling terrorism with money, arms and support to move across borders and destabilise states, particularly the most challenged.

Mr Feltman said to resolve conflicts, the global community has to ensure it has the right tools to counter the new face of international terrorism.

“The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations are strengthening the rule of law in settings that are at risk of being used by terrorists or criminals to conduct their operations. In one of those settings, the Sahel, the United Nations is implementing an Integrated Strategy that relates governance, security and resilience to development.”

UN peacekeeping operations have also recently incorporated cross-border crime analysis into their mission planning.

The goal is to confront terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram, Al Qaida, the Taliban and ISIL that are increasingly relying on transnational criminality to further their agenda.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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