President Obama Chairs U.N. Security Council Summit On Foreign Terrorist Fighters

New York, NY – President Barack Obama led a United Nations Security Council summit Wednesday to push for efforts to curtail the movements of extremist fighters who have played a substantial role in the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a binding resolution to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters. The resolution calls on member states to criminalize the travel, or attempt to travel, of individuals for the purpose of “the perpetration, planning, or preparation of, or participation in, terrorist acts, or the providing or receiving of terrorist training,” as well as raising funds or recruitment of fighters.

“This resolution will strengthen cooperation between nations, including sharing more information about the travel and activities of foreign terrorist fighters,” the President said. “It makes clear that respecting human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law is not optional — it is an essential part of successful counterterrorism efforts.”

The resolution also recognizes that there is no military solution to this problem, and therefore calls on nations to work with community leaders — family, friends, neighbors, and faith leaders — to identify and help disillusioned individuals before they turn to violent extremism.

The U.S. designated ten individuals and two groups, many tied to ISIS, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, subjecting them to U.S. sanctions in conjunction with the resolution.


Full text of remarks here.