Mr President, in the last weeks we have witnessed a humanitarian crisis unfolding in Kobane. Around 200 000 people have escaped the terror of Islamic State, seeking refuge in Turkey. As has been said already by many previous speakers, Kobane has become the symbol of the fight against this terrorist organisation, which poses a threat not only to the security of Syrians, Iraqis and countries in the region, but a threat to all of us. That is also the reason why we have to be united in our fight against IS. The situation in Kobane has already deeply affected the internal situation in Turkey. We witness different groups within Turkish society attacking each other and putting extra pressure on the settlement process. It is of crucial importance that the peace process remain on the table and that all sides continue with the road map that is to be set up.
It is our moral obligation to support the Kurds fighting off IS and defending their city in Kobane. What Turkey has done in terms of taking up a huge number of refugees from Syria is to be commended, and I also welcome the latest statements that not only humanitarian aid can pass through the border from Turkey to Syria but also the Kurds from Iraq will be allowed to reinforce the Kurds in Kobane. We have to jointly ensure that we will not allow Islamic State this important symbolic victory, as it would also certainly set back the morale of the Iraqi Kurds.
Not neglecting the situation in Kobane, we must also take into account the overall situation. The threat of Islamic State has certainly not diminished, also in Iraq, where it has even become bigger in some parts of the country. Last but not least, let us not forget that a large part of the funding of this terrorist organisation comes from the illicit sale of oil and goods. We have to ascertain that EU Member States are in no case involved in the illicit trade and all channels used by IS to sell this oil need to be closed off.