New York, August 3: Condemning the continuous flow of weapons to terrorists and terrorist groups, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution urging all countries to eliminate the supply of arms. Notably, with an aim to curb terrorism from the world, the UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution urging all countries to eliminate the supply of weapons to terrorists and terrorist groups.
The 15 member body said the supply of weapons to terrorists leads threat to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life. It also sought to take legal action against suppliers and marking arms to improve their traceability. The resolution, sponsored by Egypt, strongly condemns the continuing flow of weapons, military equipment, drones and improvised explosive devices to IS, al-Qaida and their affiliates.
During the meet, UN Member States were also urged to strengthen their judicial, law enforcement and border-control capacities, and develop their capabilities to investigate arms-trafficking networks in order to address the link between transnational organized crime and terrorism.
The Council also called on all States to consider becoming a party to the related international and regional instruments, with a view to help eliminate the supply of weapons to terrorists and to fully implement their respective obligations under those to which they are a party.
Before the adoption of the text, three leading UN officials involved in counter-terrorism briefed the Council on the complex efforts being undertaken by multiple agencies and committees to fulfill the Organization's promise to take an “all-of-UN” approach to tackle terrorism and prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons.
Jehangir Khan, the Officer-in-Charge of the newly created UN Counter-Terrorism Office, told Council members that “the spectre of terrorists acquiring lethal technologies and new weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, poses a serious threat to international peace and security.”
The resolution, in the end, reaffirmed the commitment of all states to preventing weapons from reaching terrorists and urged the UN's 193 member states to prevent and disrupt procurement networks for such weapons.