15 August 2014 - Security Council - Fight against terrorism / Adoption of resolution 2170 - Explanation of vote by Mr Alexis Lamek, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, chargé d’Affaires a.i.
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2170 (2014), which demonstrates the Security Council’s determination to act against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Following the Security Council’s firm condemnation in July of the abuses perpetrated by that terrorist organization against ethnic and religious minorities, the resolution enables us to go further in the fight against terrorism.
The resolution is also a new milestone in the necessary mobilization of the international community to address the threat posed to all by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The sanctioning of six individuals connected to that organization and the Nusra Front is a decisive step in the fight against those groups. France, which has made the struggle against the phenomenon of foreign fighters a national priority, welcomes this decision to sanction those individuals who are continuing to provide foreign fighters to those networks.
The fight against terrorism is a key issue in Iraq, in which France is playing its full role alongside the Iraqi authorities. However, that does not mean that we can forget the crucial need to find a political settlement. France welcomes the designation of Mr. Al-Abadi as Prime Minister as an important step towards forming an inclusive Government that represents all Iraqis, which will make it possible to find a lasting solution to Iraq’s challenges. It is crucial that the Prime Minister form a Government as soon as possible, within the timetable set out by the Constitution. France reiterates its full support to Iraq at this crucial moment.