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France calls for urgent UN Security Council meeting on Iraq
Publish Date: Aug 07, 2014
France calls for urgent UN Security Council meeting on Iraq
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
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PARIS - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called on Thursday for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after Islamist militants seized Iraq's largest Christian town, forcing tens of thousands to flee.

"France is very deeply concerned by the latest advances of (IS militants) in the north of Iraq and the taking of Qaraqosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq, as well as by the intolerable abuses that were committed," Fabius said in a statement.

"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 mobilise to counter the terrorist threat in Iraq and support and protect the population at risk," Fabius said in a statement.

IS, which proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq in late June, moved into Qaraqosh and other towns overnight after the withdrawal of Kurdish peshmerga troops, residents said.

Religious leaders said IS militants have forced 100,000 Christians to flee and have occupied churches, removing crosses and destroying manuscripts.

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