Friday, June 27, 2014

Russian draft on illicit oil trade as source of revenue for terrorism in Syria

27 June 2014
Russian Federation – draft Security Council Presidential Statement


The Security Council recalls its resolution 2146 (2014) and expresses grave concern over the access to and seizure of the oilfields in Syria by the terrorist groups in Syria, namely "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" and "Jabhat Al-Nusra", and recalls in this regard that any export or import of crude without authorization of sovereign State is illegal,
The Security Council notes with concern that the oilfields and related infrastructure if controlled by terrorist organizations generate one of the main sources of income for terrorists which supports their recruitment efforts and strengthens their operational capability to organize and carry out terrorist attacks,
The Security Council strongly condemns any engagement in direct or indirect trade of oil from Syria involving terrorist groups, and reminds that such engagement constitutes financial support for entities designated by the Security Council 1267/1989 Committee as terrorist and may lead to further listings by the Committee.
The Security Council recalls the obligation of the Member States to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts.
The Security Council encourages all Member States to take necessary measures to prevent their nationals and entities and individuals in their territory from engaging in any commercial and financial transactions with respect to crude oil in Syria in the possession of non-state actors or sold by them,
The Security Council calls upon all Member States to cooperate closely should any information on such activity be available to them.
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