UN Security Council condemns illicit oil trade by terrorists in Syria, Iraq

UN Security Council condemns illicit oil trade by terrorists in Syria, Iraq
# 28 July 2014 20:51 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN Security Council on Monday condemned illicit oil trade by terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, and asked all countries not to trade with those groups, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

In a presidential statement, the 15-member body expressed its " grave concern" over reports of access to and seizure of oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq by terrorist groups "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) and "Jabhat Al-Nusra."

The Council strongly condemns any engagement in direct or indirect trade of oil from Syria and Iraq involving terrorist groups, said the statement.

Under the Council's relevant resolutions, "all states are required to ensure that their nationals and any persons within their territory do not trade in oil with these entities," it stressed.

Recently, the ISIL has started exporting crude oil from the northern parts of Iraq, which it controls, to some privately-owned refineries, media reports said.

The Council noted that any oilfields controlled by terrorist organizations "could generate material income for terrorists, which would support their recruitment efforts, including of foreign terrorist fighters, and strengthen their operational capability to organize and carry out terrorist attacks," said the statement.

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