BANGKOK, (Sept 29) — Asean has expressed concern over the rise of violence and brutality committed by terrorist and extremist organisations and radical groups in Iraq and Syria.
The grouping of 10 member nations said in a statement that these groups posed a threat not only to the people of Iraq and Syria but also to all the countries in the Middle East and, if left unchecked, to the rest of the world.
The Asean countries denounced all acts of destruction, violence and terror in all its forms and manifestations, the statement said.
They reiterated Asean’s commitment to the implementation of the Asean Convention on Counter Terrorism and the Asean Comprehensive Plan of Action on Counter Terrorism, both of which aim to prevent and suppress terrorism by addressing its root causes and disrupting terror networks and financing channels, it added.
Asean said in the statement that it supported UN Security Council Resolutions 2170 (2014) and 2178 (2014) which call on the international community to suppress the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and financing to terrorist groups and their supporters.
It also said that it had renewed its commitment to work with the international community to fight extremism, radicalism and terrorism and address their root causes, including through the promotion of the Global Movement of the Moderates, to prevent further violence and brutality, in accordance with international law and the United Nations Charter.
It said Asean deemed it imperative for the international community to work together in unity in the fight against terrorism, extremism and radical groups, wherever they occurred.—BERNAMA