"In the Middle East and elsewhere, these terrorists exacerbate conflicts; they pose an immediate threat to people in these regions; and as we've already seen in several cases, they may try to return to their home countries to carry out deadly attacks," Obama said on Thursday.

He said according to US intelligence agencies estimates, more than 15,000 foreign fighters from more than 80 nations have traveled to Syria in recent years and many have joined terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda's affiliate, the Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) or the Islamic State (IS) as it is better known.

Calling the legally-binding resolution 'historic', Obama said terrorists crossing borders and threatening to unleash unspeakable violence are a challenge in today's interconnected world that cannot be met by any one nation alone.

The resolution decided that member states shall "prevent and suppress the recruiting, organizing, transporting or equipping of individuals who travel to a state other than their state of residence or nationality for the purpose of the perpetration, planning or preparation of, or participation in, terrorist acts or the providing or receiving of terrorist training, and the financing of their travel and of their activities..."

It underscored that "the particular and urgent need to implement this resolution with respect to those foreign terrorist fighters who are associated with ISIL , ANF (Al-Nusrah Front) and other cells, affiliates, splinter groups
or derivatives of Al-Qaeda..."

The resolution requires countries to have laws that permit the prosecution of their nationals and others traveling from their home countries for terrorism purposes.

The countries should also prevent the entry or transit of individuals believed to be traveling for terrorism-related purposes, the resolution said.

Among its other provisions, the text urged member states to intensify and accelerate the exchange of operational information regarding actions or movements of terrorists or terrorist networks, including foreign terrorist fighters.

Obama said that the tactic of terrorism is not new.

"So many nations represented here today, including my own, have seen our citizens killed by terrorists who target innocents," he said, while also noting the murder of French citizen Herve Gourdel by terrorists in Algeria.

"Resolutions alone will not be enough. Promises on paper cannot keep us safe. Lofty rhetoric and good intentions will not stop a single terrorist attack," Obama said.

"The words spoken here today must be matched and translated into action, into deeds, concrete action, within nations and between them, not just in the days ahead, but for years to come. For if there was ever a challenge in our interconnected world that cannot be met by any one nation alone, it is this: terrorists crossing borders and threatening to unleash unspeakable violence," US President said.

"These terrorists believe our countries will be unable to stop them. The safety of our citizens demands that we do," he said.

The Council, in a statement, strongly condemned the 'heinous and cowardly murder' of Gourdel, saying the killing once again demonstrates the barbaric brutality of those who declare themselves affiliated to ISIL.

Opening the meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called those who carry out terrorist attacks 'enemies of the faith'.

"As Muslim leaders around the world have said, groups like ISIL or Da'sh – have nothing to do with Islam, and they certainly do not represent a state," Ban stated.

"They should more fittingly be called the 'Un-Islamic Non-State'," he said.

Ban added that the growing phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters is a consequence, not a cause of the conflict in Syria.

"A long period of upheaval and, until recently, unresponsive leadership in Iraq coupled with outrageous human rights abuses in Syria have created a hothouse of horrors," Ban said while highlighted the need for a 'creative and comprehensive' political strategy in Syria and beyond to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters.

"Terrorists must be defeated, but we must do so in a way that avoids the deliberate acts of provocation that they set for us.

While immediate security issues must be addressed, the Secretary-General said the biggest threat to terrorists over the long term is not the power of missiles, but the politics of inclusion.

"It's peaceful societies and respect for human rights. It's education, jobs and real opportunity. It's leaders who listen to their people and uphold the rule of law. Missiles may kill terrorists. But good governance kills terrorism," Ban said.

"Free and independent societies, free from suffering, oppression and occupation, this is what will kill terrorism," he said.

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