Morocco to Participate in UN Meeting against Foreign Terrorist Fighters Flow in Madrid

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Madrid – The special meeting of the Committee against Terrorism (CTC) of the UN Security Council on the fight against the flow of foreign terrorist fighters held next Monday and Tuesday in Madrid with Morocco’s participation, said Spanish official sources.

Co-organized by the United Nations and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the meeting which will see the participation of 15 Member States, will focus on ways to stop the flow of foreign fighters traveling to conflict areas to join terrorist groups, as in the case of the organization called “Islamic state” in Iraq and Syria.

This meeting will be preceded on Monday by preparatory meetings at the level of international experts on terrorism, which will be opened by Spanish Secretaries of State for Security, Francisco Martinez and foreign affairs, Ignacio Ybanez.

During the meeting of the CTC, the UN member countries will discuss measures to prevent and combat the flow of foreign fighters terrorists on the basis of Resolution 2178 of the Security Council, which calls for “preventing the recruitment, organization, equipment and the movement of individuals in a State other than their country of residence to perpetrate, plan or participate in terrorist acts “.

The UN figure to more than 20,000 the number of foreign terrorist fighters from member countries who joined terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

The 2178 resolution of the UN Security Council adopted September 24, 2014, requires the Member States of the international community to adopt measures sanctioning the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters terrorists, and strengthening their cooperation to deal this threat by establishing, where appropriate, international agreements and measures to exchange information related to lists of suspects and criminal procedures.

The resolution also stresses the need for States to implement internal policies and international cooperation to counter violent extremism.

It also gives instructions to the various competent organs of the United Nations in the fight against terrorism so that they implement activities directed specifically against the threat of foreign terrorist fighters.

The Committee against Terrorism was created in the wake of the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States, pursuant to resolution 1373 of the UN Security Council, which obliges all States to criminalize assistance or assistance to terrorist activities to refuse financial support and safe haven to terrorists and share information about groups planning terrorist attacks.

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