Daesh and affiliates an "unprecedented threat" to peace, says Security Council

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The terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, is an "unprecedented threat" to world peace.

That's according to a counter-terrorism resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Friday.

All 15 members of the Council voted in favour of the resolution which was tabled by France in the wake of the bloody attacks in Paris a week ago.

It condemns these attacks and other carnage committed by terrorists in Lebanon, Turkey and Tunisia, among other countries.

The resolution calls on Member States to take "all necessary measures" to stop Daesh and its associates from carrying out terrorist acts.

Matthew Wells reports.

The resolution does not give blanket authorization for military action, and it does not invoke Chapter Seven of the UN Charter, which would demand that members use force against the jihadists of Daesh.

Instead, it calls on states that have the capacity to take measures against Daesh, Al Qaeda and its affiliates, within the territories that they control in northern Syria and Iraq.

Any action must comply with international law.

There had been concern raised, according to reports, that Russia was unwilling to back the resolution if it didn't involve Syrian consent.

A Russian amendment was accepted by France, which references the principle of state sovereignty and infers Syria's right to self-defence.

Russia circulated a draft resolution last September which called on world powers to work with governments in the region, including Syria, to combat terrorism.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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