French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius delivers a press conference at the Quai d'Orsay on June 25, 2014 following the release of pictures by ECPAD showing the crash site of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao
French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius delivers a press conference at the Quai d'Orsay on June 25, 2014 following the release of pictures by ECPAD showing the crash site of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao © Stephane De Sakutin - AFP/File
French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius delivers a press conference at the Quai d'Orsay on June 25, 2014 following the release of pictures by ECPAD showing the crash site of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao
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Last updated: August 7, 2014

France calls for urgent UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called 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.

"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.

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