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France urges UN Security Council meeting as Islamic State seizes Christian town | News | DW.DE | 07.08.2014

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Thursday called for a meeting of the UN Security Council after Islamist militants in northern Iraq seized the country's largest Christian town and nearby villages.

The new gains by "Islamic State" (IS) militants have reportedly prompted thousands of Christians to flee the northern town of Qaraqosh and surrounding areas, residents and Christian clerics said on Thursday.

"Given the seriousness of the situation - the first victims of which are civilians and religious minorities - France is requesting an urgent meeting of the Security Council so the international community can mobilize to counter the terrorist threat in Iraq and support and protect the population at risk," Fabius said in a statement.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 7th, 2014 at 12:36:48 PM EST
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Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire
by marco on Thu Aug 7th, 2014 at 06:10:30 PM EST
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U.S. Must Seek Strong Legal Justification to Intervene | New York Times
A key question behind a U.S.-led intervention is whether the use of force in Iraq would be justified under domestic and international law. Especially with the prospect of Russia intervening militarily in Ukraine, the United States should be cognizant of how its own actions legitimate the way others decide to use force in the future.

Since the primary justification is humanitarian, the legitimacy of intervention might be seen as sound. But an intervention without U.N. Security Council authorization -- which would be unlikely given U.S. relations with Russia -- would not be legal. This would follow the Kosovo model (which at least had NATO backing), later deemed legitimate if not legal.

The most convincing and straightforward justification would be for the Iraqi government to request American assistance, which would be legal under Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter. ...



Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire
by marco on Thu Aug 7th, 2014 at 06:14:11 PM EST
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