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Minister discusses threat of ISIS with US Secretary of State and EU Foreign Ministers

International relations, Minister Charles Flanagan, European Union, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, North America, 2014

 

The ongoing threat posed by ISIS is expected to dominate discussions when Minister Charlie Flanagan, and fellow EU Foreign Ministers, meet US Secretary of State John Kerry later today.

Minister Flanagan is attending the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, where world leaders and Foreign Ministers gather to discuss solutions to some of the most pressing geopolitical issues.

Speaking from New York ahead of the meeting, Minister Flanagan said:

“We have all been appalled by the atrocities which ISIS has committed as it wages its campaign of terror across Syria and Iraq. There needs to be accountability for all such atrocities, including through referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

"The threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has massive humanitarian repercussions in the broader region, with many more thousands of families fleeing their campaign of terror this week alone.

“During my discussion with Secretary Kerry and fellow EU Ministers, I will call for a regional strategy which at its core, should seek to address the Syrian conflict and promote an urgent political settlement.”

Ireland is one of the most generous contributors to the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria. Since 2011, Ireland has provided over €28 million in humanitarian support to Syria, delivered through UN partners and NGOs.

Ministers and Secretary Kerry are also expected to discuss the ebola crisis in West Africa and the situation in Ukraine.

 

 

ENDS

Press Office

24 September 2014