France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State

PARIS Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:43pm EDT

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius speaks during a news conference with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani in Baghdad, August 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius speaks during a news conference with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani in Baghdad, August 10, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday it wanted to bring together Arab states, Iran and the main world powers to coordinate a comprehensive response against Islamic State insurgents who control large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Speaking in an interview with Le Monde French President Francois Hollande did not say when such a meeting could be held or who would be invited but said a global strategy was needed to combat the insurgents.

"We can no longer keep to the traditional debate of intervention or non-intervention," Hollande told Le Monde.

"We have to come up with a global strategy to fight this group, which is structured, has significant financing, very sophisticated weapons and threatens countries like Iraq, Syria and Lebanon," he said.

The Islamic State has captured swathes of northern Iraq since June, executing non-Sunni Muslim captives and minorities, displacing tens of thousands of people and drawing the first U.S. air strikes in the region since Washington withdrew troops in 2011.

On Tuesday night the group released a video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley that it said was in revenge for the strikes.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told lawmakers Paris wanted the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, United States, China, Russia and France - and regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, to coordinate action against the militants.

"We have to see with different partners how we can face them (Islamic State) with intelligence and military measures. That means cutting their resources, it means taking action to separate the support this group has from the population," Fabius said.

A diplomatic source said the conference, if it took place, could be held in Paris in September.

"We consider this terrorist group is of a different level of dangerousness than others. It is a business of destruction. Today it is Iraq, but the caliphate is the entire region, and beyond it is obviously Europe," Fabius said and condemned Foley's killing.

France, which has close ties with Iraq's Kurdish regional government, started delivering weapons to Kurdish fighters on Friday to help stop an advance by Islamic State into the Kurdish region.

"I believe the international situation is the worst we've seen since 2001," Hollande said. "We are not dealing with a terrorist group like al Qaeda, but a quasi-terrorist state, Islamic State."

Speaking on French radio on Tuesday, a Kurdish general said French weapons' deliveries so far had not been sophisticated enough and called on Paris to provide anti-tank missiles.

Hollande said that France's weapons' deliveries had been carried out in agreement with the central government in Baghdad to ensure Iraq remained united.

(Editing by Brian Love and Alison Williams)

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Comments (5)
Aryano wrote:
The Arab States are for sure going to back up killing their own kind in the terrorist Islamic State.

Who else oh ya!
The Turks who are buying the oil from terrorist Islamic State and arming them is certainly going to applaud but back Stabb you idiots.

who else?

Hamas might back you up on that as well.

Saudi prince of toilet and Qatar(Gutter) is definitely going to support your actions against their brethren in the terrorist State.

The Kurdish nation are fighting at the forefront but their representative is not going to attend because Kurds are not invited because NATO does not recognize the Aryan Kurdish nation.

Aug 20, 2014 6:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aryano wrote:
Are the representatives of Kurdish nation who are at the forefront of the battle invited to these meetings to or not?

Oh ya I forgot. You don’t recognize the Kurdish nation!!!
That is on top of dividing Kurdish State among her enemies.

What a pathetic clown is Hollande.

Why does this guy have an “e” at the end of his name.

That “e” is the same e for epurification. A french policy to epurify the Aryans. The French started to the genocide against Aryan Kurdish nation before the Alsace-Lorraine campaign.

They created the flying kites of Syria, Iraq, Turkey(FranKstain), and Iran under Turkish rule.

Now all those flying kites are wet with blood of Aryan Yezidis and other Aryan Kurds. But the bubble of States of Iraq and Syria have been burst.

Anybody remember Alsace-Lorraine?

The French, British, and Terror*ist Turks did a hundred times worse to the Aryan Kurds.

The French started their campaign with mass genocide of Aryan Zaazaa in 1937 as a result of which two million Aryans were murdered and 10 million displaced.

Then the Europeans picked up on it Forty years later and created and armed Saddam Hussain with chemical weapons of mass destruction to commit genocide against the Aryan Kurds in the 1980′s.

Now we have the Arab funded and operated Islamic State committing genocide against the Aryan Kurds again.

NATO has conquered, divided and disarmed the Kurds and does not even recognize them.

NATO’s hands are bloody with many cases of genocide against the Kurds and NATO continues to commit genocide against the Kurds in Syria and Turkey(Frankenstain) as we speak.

NATO must recognize the Aryan Kurdish nation.

NATO must recognize Kurd Staat.

Aug 20, 2014 8:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aryano wrote:
The (YPG) and (PKK), Who represent 30 million Aryan Kurdish nation, have been fighting the terrorist Islamic group(State) for over two years.

Are they invited?

Aug 20, 2014 9:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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