From Mohammad Zinal Abedin in NY
New York: The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has reiterated its firm commitment to uproot the terror group. The Foreign Ministers and principals, after their meeting at Kuwait City on February 13, in a joint statement expressed their determination to defeat and end ISIS/Daesh through a focused, sustained, multifaceted effort. The meeting also adopted some guiding principles as future vision of global body.
Mentionable, the US-led 75-nation Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS/Da’esh was formed in 2014 to end the terror group.
The foreign ministers and principals said, our enemy is intrinsically malevolent that celebrates cruelty, systematically violates international law and regularly commits gross abuses of human rights.
The ministers and the principals claimed since the inception of Global Coalition it succeeded a lot: ISIS/Da’esh became weak, lost its territorial hold in Iraq and was confined to some pockets of land that remain under its control in Syria.
However, the coalition still believes ISIS as a serious threat to region and global stability and security.
The statement said, enduring defeat will come when ISIS/Daesh no longer has safe shelter from which they can operate, and lose its capability to pose a threat to our homeland and fail to convey its ideology of hate globally.
To achieve a full and enduring defeat of ISIS/Da’esh, the Coalition vows to fully eliminate ISIS/Da’esh as a territorial threat in Iraq and Syria; disrupt its networks and its branches and affiliates, including possible new manifestations and variants, and deny its freedom of movement, safe havens, and access to resources in accordance with and in support of UNSC Resolution 2396.
It will support local voices that offer an alternative vision to ISIS/Da’esh’s propaganda, and we will redouble our efforts to deny ISIS/Da’esh space to exploit social media and the Internet. “We will work to consolidate our gains to date and prevent a re-emergence of ISIS/Da’esh by supporting Iraqi-led political and security sector reforms, and, through UNSCR 2254, committing to reach a political solution in Syria, thus helping to address root causes for the appearance of ISIS/Da’esh.”
To uproot ISIS the coalition adopted some “Guiding Principles” as its vision for the future course of action. Some of those are as follows:
“First, we see this Coalition as a mobilizing and coordinating mechanism nested in a much larger diplomatic, military and counterterrorism ecosystem, in accordance with the principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, and relevant Security Council Resolutions. Second, we recognize nations bear primary responsibility for defending their homelands against ISIS/Da’esh; our Coalition must work by, with, and through our partners. Third, membership in this Coalition is voluntary, as are the contributions each of us makes to this effort. Fourth and finally, we agree there is no single approach to the defeat of ISIS/Da’esh– each one is tailored to address the unique nature of the threat in a given country or region – importantly, most approaches to ISIS/Da’esh globally will not mirror our efforts in Iraq and Syria, where Coalition-led military action has been central. That said, we agree there is great utility in sustaining collaboration and unity of purpose across the Coalition against ISIS/Da’esh and ISIS-related threats on a global scale.”
The meet also set guidelines for several working groups to disrupt ISIS’s regional and international financial channels and enhance support and encourage preventive, counter-terrorism-related information sharing through appropriate bilateral and collective law enforcement channels (such as Interpol), rehabilitation/reintegration, law enforcement and legal/criminal justice actions to mitigate the FTF threat (including FTF and their families returning, relocating and resurfacing).
The statement said, “We will revisit these Guiding Principles as appropriate. We recognize that the Coalition and its Working Groups serve to focus the international community’s attention on countering the global/transnational threat of ISIS/Da’esh. With that end in mind, the Coalition should look to share its expertise into international counterterrorism efforts wherever possible, with an eye to a time in the future when the international community is confident it has the tools to address and neutralize ISIS/Da’esh and ISIS-related threats.”
(Mohammad Zainal Abedin is a journalist based in NY)
From Mohammad Zinal Abedin in NY