UN Security Council backs Australian resolution against ISIL

THE United Nations Security Council has adopted an Australian-led resolution condemning all acts of terrorism committed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as well as the Al-Nusrah Front.

The resolution, adopted at the weekend in New York, requires United Nations member states to take steps to prevent terrorist financing and recruitment in addition to holding individual members of ISIL and ANF accountable for their terrorist acts.

It also demands that all foreign terrorist fighters associated with ISIL and other terrorist groups withdraw immediately and it contemplates further targeted sanctions against those recruiting for or participating in their activities

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Sunday these groups are major and lethal threats to the people of Iraq and Syria.

She said they pose a very real risk to the stability and security across the Middle East region and beyond.

"The unanimous adoption of the resolution makes clear that the international community will not tolerate the brutal, savage acts of ISIL and ANF," she said.

"Those acts include the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, mass executions and extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, the killing and maiming of children, the violent persecution of ethnic and religious minorities and the forced displacement of millions of civilians."

She said Australia would continue to work with international partners to address the appalling humanitarian consequences of the violence caused by ISIL and ANF.

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