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PACE: Turkey negligent towards ISIL recruitment in its borders.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will vote on a resolution on Thursday calling for the Council of Europe (CoE) to tackle the mobilization of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in foreign countries, saying Turkey is ignoring ISIL's recruitment of individuals within its borders.

PACE will hold a session to discuss a resolution that will cover measures to remedy the crises in Syria and Iraq. The draft resolution, prepared by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy, features statements that call for the CE states to address the deepening humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq and urged states to put an end to the threat of ISIL and establish regional peace in those countries.

It was indicated in the draft document that ISIL found venues in Turkey to enroll individuals in its ranks. It further claimed that the Turkish government, due to its priority to topple down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, overlooking ISIL's activities in Turkey. According to the report, the total number of ISIL fighters is estimated to be between 20,000 and 31,500.

The ongoing war in the region has been called "the world's largest humanitarian and security disaster." According to statistics, 2.5 million people have fled Syria; 6.4 million remain displaced inside the country; and 10.8 million in total need assistance. Turkey is particularly cited as an affected country, as ISIL's advances have led to the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees, and are seen to be furthering aggravating an already unmanageable situation in Turkey.

The document cited that the humanitarian contributions for Syria and Iraq are insufficient. It called for CoE members and other states to expand their aid programs for refugees residing in camps in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

The document voiced deep concerns over Europeans joining the ranks of ISIL. The murder of journalist James Foley purportedly in the hands of a British member of the terrorist organization is shown as an example how successful ISIL has been in gaining sympathy from abroad.

Underlining that 3,000 young Europeans are fighting for ISIL in Iraq and Syria, the document urged the States of the CoE to take measures to prevent foreign citizens from joining ISIL. It is also emphasized that ISIL's sources of funds should be identified and sanctioned.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Oct 1, 2014
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