• US to Convene a Summit at UN on Stopping Extremists

    by  • September 3, 2014 • General Assembly, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Security Council, Uncategorized, US-UN Relations • 2 Comments

    President Barack Obama will hold a summit late this month in the United Nations Security Council to try to counter the surging power and strength of the Islamic terrorists that have seized parts of the Middle East this summer and other violent extremists worldwide. The summit, to convene on Sept. 25, will occur during the annual opening proceedings of the General Assembly, when the world’s heads of state meet to speak on national and global topics.

    The United States is president of the council this month in the rotating seat, ostensibly enabling it to shape a coalition among the body’s 15 permanent and elected members to devise counterterrorism methods that include precise prevention and legal tools that could be internationalized in a binding resolution. The resolution could help governments deal more uniformly with other counterterrorism approaches, such as sharing information on travel flows of terrorists, said Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, detailing to a packed room of UN press corps members news on the summit.

    Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, speaking to the media on Sept. 3, 2014.

    Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, speaking to the media on Sept. 3, 2014.

    She said the meeting would draw “high-level international attention and action” to the “dangerous phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters.”

    Terrorist attacks in the last few months, particularly that of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), “have driven this point home, including sadly yesterday, as you all saw,” she added, referring to the beheading by ISIS of an American journalist, Steven Sotloff, on Sept. 2. Another American journalist, James Foley, was beheaded by ISIS on Aug. 19.

    “We’re seeing a surge in terrorists traveling from around the globe specifically to fight in foreign conflicts,” Power said, in her official appearance to the media at the UN as president of the Security Council in September. “These fighters participate in brutal atrocities in the countries they travel to and often return home radicalized by their experiences.”

    The council is unified in its disdain toward the lethal presence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, having passed a resolution in August to sanction six individuals in the group, which has been accused of war crimes in its recent jihadist sweep across northern Iraq, killing, kidnapping and sending streams of ethnic and religious minorities fleeing from the country. The US, the Kurdish pesh merga fighters in northern Iraq and the Iraqi Shiite militias have been working in concert militarily to blunt advances by ISIS while other countries have been providing humanitarian aid.

    The council will also pay attention to Ukraine, among other urgent problems on its agenda this month, where a cease-fire has just been announced to halt the fighting between Ukrainians and pro-Russian separatists. In addition, the council will hold a debate on children in armed conflict, of which ISIS and other “nonstate actors” as well as various countries have been accused of using in their ranks. That topic will pivot on the annual report from Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general. The Nigerian extremist group, Boko Haram, is listed in the report for the first time, Power said.

    She noted that Obama and John Kerry, the US secretary of state, might meet with the UN press corps in September but plans were still unresolved.

    Power, who for the first time in months answered questions from reporters at the UN, also said that the Security Council was continuing to discuss a more “sustainable” cease-fire between the Palestinians and Israels, and that the US thinks a council “product” could play a positive role in supporting a durable solution — referring obliquely to draft resolutions that have been circulating if not languishing in the council to cement a more permanent end to the war between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

    The US, she noted in addressing a reporter’s question, remains steadfast to a two-state solution, even as Palestinians are suddenly demanding that Israel end its occupation in three years.

     

     

    Dulcie Leimbach

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    Dulcie Leimbach is a fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is the founder of PassBlue, for which she edits and writes, covering primarily the United Nations, West Africa, peacekeeping operations and women's issues. For PassBlue and other publications, she has reported from New York and overseas in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal) as well as from Europe (Scotland, Vienna, Budapest and The Hague).

    Previously, she was an editor for the Coalition for the UN Convention Against Corruption; from 2008 to 2011, she was the publications director of the United Nations Association of the USA, where she edited its flagship magazine, The InterDependent, and migrated it online in 2010. She was also the senior editor of UNA's annual book, "A Global Agenda: Issues Before the UN." She has also worked as an editorial consultant to various UN agencies.

    Before UNA, Leimbach was an editor at The New York Times for more than 20 years, editing and writing for most sections of the paper, including the Magazine, Book Review and Op-Ed. She began her reporting career in small-town papers in San Diego, Calif., and Colorado, graduating to the Rocky Mountain News in Denver before she worked in New York at Esquire magazine and Adweek. In between, she was a Wall Street foreign-exchange dealer. Leimbach has been a fellow at Yaddo, the artists' colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and taught news reporting at Hofstra University. She graduated from the University of Colorado and has an M.F.A. in writing from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    2 Responses to US to Convene a Summit at UN on Stopping Extremists

    1. Ed Crouch
      September 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Regarding “U.S. Holds Summit To Stop Extremists” – we should consider our funding of extremists – like Israel.

    2. Dee Cape Town
      September 5, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      MY MESSAGE TO BAN KI MOON
      Why does it take 2 (fake) videos of Americans to now speak about Rouhani’s W.A.V.E, but 1000’s Syrians have suffered beheadings, crucifixions, massacres, cooked live in Adra ovens, sarin gassing, chlorine gassings (blamed on al Assad in false flag cassus belli) etc for 4 years by these savages – AND YOU WERE TOLD ABOUT THIS.

      I have listened to Syrian Ambassador to UN tell you over and over and over again that terrorists from >80 countries had invaded Syria. What did you do to this truth teller? Relegated him to 3rd class citizenship in UN……. WHAT A DISGRACE!!

      You knew too that US-UK-France UNSC members were committing a crime in this long planned 4th Generation Warfare using proxy forces of savages. You knew that Saudi Bandar Bin Sultan a kingpin terrorist organiser and bankroller; that Qatar and other Gulf States were sponsoring terrorism and invasion of Syria; you knew that NATO-Turkey were giving free passage to 10 000’s of these savages into Syria; you knew about the arms shipment, training camps, safe houses, field hospitals; logistical support being provided by Turkey, Israel, Jordan, via Libya.

      You have know of these crimes since coming into office.
      And you have played along.
      I have watched your pathetic crass rude treatment to a wonderful old world Statesman – Walid Muallem, and your incompetence in managing the ILLEGITIMATE ex drug runner, brothel keeper so called ‘Syrian Opposition Leader’ in the Geneva farces.

      And so BendOverBanKi – I shall be watching for a modicum of decency, commitment to International Law, integrity in the forthcoming events in Syria.
      – There can be no invasion of Syria for ‘regime change’
      Any intervention is to be done working with the Syrian Government (and drop this derogatory term ‘regime’ and ridiculous notion of ‘moderate rebels!!!)
      Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Ukraine are the results of The Empire of Chaos and Criminality – and the world has had ENOUGH OF THAT & THE REPEAT WAR CRIMES OF US-UK
      The Syrian election must be recognised for what it was : THE LEGITIMATE VOTE OF THE MAJORITY SYRIANS.
      The Turkish border to be closed and UN / Turkish military to really crack down on both terrorists and illegal sale of oil
      The oil being illegally received by Israel and Turkey must be prosecuted
      Israel is to be prosecuted for it’s repeated bombardment of Syria – and reigned is as the worlds most despicable racist supremacist colonial apartheid-on-steroids and Hitlerian magnitude ZioNazi criminal.
      Bandar Bin Sultan et al bankrollers to be prosecuted and their funds frozen
      An amnesty for crimes of aiding and abetting terrorism to date – but henceforth all field hospitals, safe houses, logistics support given by Mossad / IDF , CIA / US UK special forces will be prosecuted.

      And the announcement by ISIS to Putin of the Pivot to Asia a dad giveaway on whose forces these are … and must be publically named and shamed. For when members of the UNSC are the repeat, repeat war criminals and flouters of international law – then rule of the biggest gun and beheading knife prevails – and western Axis of Evil is returning us to the age of barbarism.

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