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New York. Alfano to the Security Council: “Prosecuting Daesh crimes in Iraq to promote reconciliation and to overcome the desire for revenge”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, attended a meeting today of the UN Security Council which adopted a resolution establishing an investigative team of experts led by a Special Envoy with the mandate to collect and preserve evidence related to potential war crimes and crimes against humanity that Daesh has perpetrated in Iraq. “Today we have taken a major step in the fight against Daesh and more generally to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Iraq and the Iraqi people have paid a huge price to the blind fury of ISIL. We commend the courage of the Iraqi people and the commitment shown by the authorities in Baghdad  to uphold the rule of law. It is our duty to bring to justice the perpetrators of atrocious crimes,”  Alfano said in his address to the Security Council which was attended, among others, by the Iraqi Minister Jafaari.“Never before the world has witnessed such a systematic use of heinous brutality – killings, attacks and violence,” Alfano continued. He added, “This is why it is our collective responsibility to fight against Daesh till the end. Not only on a military level,  but also from the point of view of ideology and narrative. We must work to achieve stability and promote an inclusive dialogue.” “Italy, a partner of Iraq, has contributed to the Global Coalition against Daesh by training over 30,000 Iraqi military and police officers. Today we are ready to support the Special Envoy and its investigative team. Because anyone who violates human rights and our fundamental freedoms is a threat to international peace and security, ” concluded the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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