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Anti-ISIS meeting: Participants pledge support for Iraqi government by ‘any means necessary’

BEIRUT |, with agencies - September 15, 2014, 16h08
Participants in Anti-ISIS meeting in Paris on September 15 pledge support for Iraki governement. Photo Credit: Présidence française.
Participants in the anti-ISIS meeting in Paris have issued a statement underlining their support and willingness to assist the new Iraqi government.
In a statement issued at the conclusion of the anti-ISIS meeting in Paris on Monday, representatives expressed their willingness to support the new Iraqi government by “any means necessary” in its fight against ISIS, bolstering new Iraqi Prime minister Haider al-Abadi.

In attendance at the conference were representatives from Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Arab League, the European Union and the United Nations.

The participants expressed their commitment to the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq and their support for the formation of Haidar al-Abadi’s new government. Most notably, they pledged to support by ‘any means necessary’ making specific reference to military assistance, as requested by the Iraqi government.

The conference participants also emphasised the international threat posed by ISIS and their crimes which amount to crimes against humanity and vowed to work on bringing the culprits to justice and on the prevention of radicalisation and financing of the group. This coincides with news that Germany is criminalising all ISIS activity in the country, including showing public support for the Islamist group. The attendees also pledged to assist in reconstruction measures in Iraq work when the crisis is over.

Crucially, there was no mention of Syria although ISIS militants have been operating in the country, and representatives from the Syrian and Iranian governments were not invited to the conference despite their physical proximity to Iraq and their stake in the crisis. The United Sates last week said that the Syrian regime had a responsibility in the current situation and in the implementation of ISIS in Syria.

While in Brussels, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday that "Western nations must take military action against Islamic State militants because they pose a global threat, not just because of the murder of Western hostages". ISIS beheaded three hostages in less than a month. 

"ISIS is a group of terrorists with whom there is no chance whatsoever to negotiate," Rasmussen said  when asked why the West was acting only now and not months earlier when the group first took over swathes of Iraq. According to AFP agency, he said that they pose a threat "not only to Iraq but to the world" and that the group's actions were "very close to a genocide".

"We are on the frontline of a new battle – a new battle between tolerance and fanaticism, between democracy and totalitarianism, between open and closed societies," he stated.
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