BAGHDAD, The UN Security Council held an open debate on Thursday to discuss the seventh report of the UN Secretary-General on the threat posed by Daesh on international peace and security to the United Nations and the efforts of the United Nations to support Member States in fighting it.
The meeting was held at the request of Britain, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council's work for August. It was chaired by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who assured members of the Council of a unified stance to combat terrorist threats posed by extremist groups.
In the report discussed by the Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterich warned that "Daesh organization continues to pose a serious challenge to international peace and security, inter alia because it has become a clandestine network, the activities of its regional groups and the complex threat of returning and mobile foreign terrorist combatants and their families" .
During the open session, members of the Security Council heard a briefing on the report by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov.
"The report points out that the so-called Daesh caliphate has faced great losses, but the organization remains a matter of serious concern," the UN official told council members.
"In general, there are more than 20,000 supporters in Syria and Iraq, some are actively involved in fighting while others are hiding between communities and urban areas sympathetic to them," he said.
"The core of the organization in Syria and Iraq is likely to continue in the medium term because of the continuing conflict and the complex challenges to stability," the UN official acknowledged.
While at the same time warned of "the presence of members belonging to Daesh in Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, West Africa and Libya, and less in Sinai, Yemen, Somalia and the Sahel."
Source: National Iraqi News Agency