BRUNEI Darussalam has joined the international community in strongly condemning the violent terrorist actions perpetrated by the Islamic State (IS) that have resulted in a humanitarian disaster, including the loss of lives of innocent civilians.
Brunei’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in a statement concerning the actions of the IS, also said Brunei Darussalam strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and rejects extremism and radicalism.
“In this regard, we support efforts of the international community to prevent and eliminate all forms of terrorism, particularly the various related United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions, including UNSC Resolution 2170 (2014) calling on the international community to prevent terrorist groups from posing any threats to peace and security,” it added.
On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against IS militants, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, Reuters reported.
“I … urge the international community, and those with the means, to act decisively and after sober reflection,” Ban said. “It is critical to keep at the forefront the protection of civilians.”
Ban didn’t say what steps he hoped UN member states would take, but praised recent US air strikes against IS militants, aimed at helping besieged civilians in Iraq.
“These air strikes and military operation which was done at the request of the government of Iraq was able to help the United Nations and other actors to … save a lot of human lives,” he said.
“The United Nations was able to deliver humanitarian assistance to many trapped people in and around Mount Sinjar,” Ban said. “It is clear that (IS militants are) a threat to international peace and security, as has already been declared by the Security Council.”
US President Barack Obama will chair a summit meeting of the UN Security Council on September 24 that will adopt a resolution on foreign fighters. Western officials say foreign fighters are among the most savage IS militants, responsible for beheadings, torture and civilian massacres.
At that meeting, the council is expected to adopt a resolution demanding that countries “prevent and suppress” the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups like IS by ensuring it is considered a serious criminal offence under domestic laws.