UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution on sanctions against extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, in an attempt to cut off their external funding support.
In the unanimously approved resolution, the 15-member Council expressed its "gravest concern" over the control of land by al-Qaeda-connected groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al Nusrah Front (ANF) in Iraq and Syria, which has undermined stability in the region.
The Council stated that all states shall prevent "direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer" of arms and related materials to ISIL and ANF and associated individuals and groups, and demanded those groups "disarm and disband with immediate effect."
Friday's resolution also placed six Islamist leaders -- from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other nations -- on the Al-Qaeda sanctions list, which provides for a travel ban and assets freeze.
The six include senior Al-Qaeda leaders who have provided financing to the Al-Nusra Front in Syria and Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the spokesman for the ISIL.
The resolution also focused particularly on the "flow of foreign terrorist fighters" to the extremist Islamist groups, calling on UN member states to bring foreign terrorist fighters to justice and engage with those at risk of being recruited to discourage their travel to Syria and Iraq.
ISIL, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or simply the Islamic State (IS), is an al-Qaeda splinter group that seized swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate over them.
Its advance has forced thousands of people mainly from minority communities to flee their homes.
ANF is an al-Qaeda-linked extremist group fighting the Syrian government.
China on Friday voiced its support to the UN resolution and called for enhanced efforts by the international community.
Citing rampant activities of ISIL and ANF in Syria and Iraq, Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, said those extremist groups have become "a serious threat to peace and security in the Middle East and the world as a whole."
The Chinese envoy called on the international community to adopt concrete measures to cut off arms and personnel support and financing from outside to these terrorist groups, so as to stop the spread of terrorism in Iraq and other countries, as well as to maintain peace, security and stability in the Middle East and the whole world.
Liu noted that ISIL and ANF are increasingly using internet and social media to "spread terrorist propaganda video and audio products for recruitment, incitement, or plotting and executing terrorist activities or for raising fund for their terrorist activities."
"We hope that the international community will attach great importance to this issue and to enhance their cooperation on combating cyber terrorism," said Liu
"China is also a victim of terrorism. We strongly oppose all forms of terrorism and will continue to actively participate in international counter-terrorism cooperation and to combat the threat of terrorism together," he added.