Security Council adopts resolution prohibiting buying oil from terrorists in Syria and Iraq

United Nations, SANA – The Security Council on Monday adopted a joint statement upon a Russian initiative which prohibits purchasing petroleum from terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

The Council’s statement warned that purchasing oil from terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra can entail sanctions on those involved in such deals because they constitute financial support for terrorists.

The statement affirmed commitment to the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq, denouncing any direct or indirect involvement in petroleum deals with terrorists in the two countries, calling on all countries to verify that their citizens aren’t involved in such illicit activity and report any activity of this sort to the Security Council.

The Council said that seizing control of oil production facilities provides income for terrorists, and that would increase their ability to recruit members and carry out attacks, stressing that purchasing oil from terrorists violates UN resolutions.

H. Sabbagh

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