We all have a role in tackling ISIS
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I refer to the article titled 'CARICOM soft target for ISIS?' authored by Christopher Bryan (Sunday Gleaner, March 1, 2015).
This very informative column deals with many topical issues whose significance goes beyond the area covered by CARICOM. The appeal that the Caribbean take a proactive approach and strengthen its security architecture in order to collect information on any threats from ISIS is also valid for other geographical areas.
The most recent and authoritative document on this matter, Resolution 2199 (2015), was unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council on February 12, 2015.
This comprehensive document specifically refers to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also called ISIS, and emphasises the need for a comprehensive approach to fully disrupt ISIL.
By this resolution, the Security Council condemns any engagement in direct or indirect trade, in particular of oil and oil products with ISIL. While
primarily focusing on oil sales, it also covers other sources
of ISIL income, including
from kidnapping for ransom,
the illicit trade in antiquities, natural resources, and financial
The resolution reaffirms that all states shall ensure that any person who participates in the financing, planning, preparation or perpetration of terrorist acts or in supporting terrorist acts is brought to justice, and ensure that such terrorist acts are established as serious criminal offences in domestic laws and regulations and that the punishment duly reflects the seriousness of such terrorist acts.
Member states are called upon to improve international,
regional, and subregional cooperation, including through increased sharing of information for the purpose of identifying smuggling routes used by ISIL.
All 193 UN member states are requested to report to the Security Council within 120 days on the measures they have taken to comply with the resolution mentioned above.