Terrorisme : Such a threat remains complex and multifaceted [fr]
Adoption of the resolution 2368 on sanctions regime against Da’esh and Al-Qaida - Security Council - Explanation of Vote of François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Thursday 20 July 2017
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2368 (2017) and thanks the United States for introducing the resolution and for facilitating the important work carried out during negotiations.
Last Friday, my country commemorated the one-year anniversary of the tragic attack that occurred in Nice on 14 July 2016, which claimed the lives of 86 individuals of various nationalities. That memory, as well as the many other recent terrorist attacks throughout the world, remind us of the extent to which we must remain united and determined in our struggle against terrorists, who seek to destroy our way of life and freedom.
The work of the international community against Da’esh is showing results, and that is worth underscoring. On the ground, Da’esh has continued to suffer considerable losses in Iraq and Syria. The victory of Iraqi forces in Mosul is underway. That is a major turning point in the development of the conflict, while in Raqqa the battle continues to deprive that group of a safe haven there. Of late, Da’esh has actually attracted fewer foreign terrorist fighters, which is also of key importance.
However, as we know, sometimes all it takes is one individual to carry out a terrorist attack. Such a threat remains complex and multifaceted. We must therefore continue to take measures commensurate with the threat with which we are faced. That means that we must continue to take action in several areas. Combating propaganda and radicalization disseminated over the Internet, blocking the financial sources used by terrorist groups and preparing for the return of foreign terrorist fighters are three top priorities, without exception, in that context.
Resolution 2368 (2017), which we just adopted today, allows us to update the sanctions regime against Da’esh and Al-Qaida, so as to better take into account the development of the threat and revise our priorities, taken as whole. The resolution — and I would like to highlight this point — is a critical step in our shared struggle against terrorism, which must, more than ever, unite us.
Rest assured of the full commitment of France in the struggle against terrorism in general and against Da’esh, in particular.