Syrian National Coalition response to UNSC Presidential Statement on Counterterrorism

19 November 2014

In response to today’s UN Security Council meeting on International Cooperation on Combating Terrorism and Violent Extremism, the Special Representative of the Syrian National Coalition to the United Nations, Dr. Najib Ghadbian, said:

“The Syrian Coalition welcomes UN Security Council efforts to combat terrorism and prevent the proliferation of foreign terrorist fighters in Syria and elsewhere. Foreign terrorist fighters have no place in Syria, nor does the violent ideology that they seek to perpetuate. The adoption of today’s presidential statement on counterterrorism will not, however, be sufficient to counter the terrorist threat posed by ISIL and Al-Qaeda.

As the international community’s frontline on terror, the Syrian Coalition and its partner on the ground, the Free Syrian Army, remain committed to the prevention of violent extremism and the establishment of a stable, moderate alternative. As our forces work to secure a free and democratic Syria, we call on the UN Security Council to join us in this effort.

The UN Security Council must take urgent measures to address the root cause of foreign fighters and extremism in Syria. For the past four years, the instability bred by the Assad regime’s brutality has created a safe haven for terrorist groups like ISIL and Hezbollah. The only way to stop these groups from gaining further traction is for the UN Security Council to adopt a comprehensive approach to the crisis in Syria, one which tackles both extremist terrorist groups like ISIL and the brutal Syrian dictatorship that breeds them. The Syrian Coalition is ready and able to work together with the international community in this effort.”

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