Nothing can justify terrorism, ever: Ban

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Ban Ki-moon

No counter-terrorism policy can be effective without addressing conditions that are conducive to the spread of terrorism, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council Tuesday during an open debate on "Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts".

The Secretary-General said that is the first pillar of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

He highlighted three aspects of that pillar, first pointing to the critical links between development and security.

He stressed that "nothing can justify terrorism – ever. No grievance, no goal, no cause can excuse terrorist acts".

”  At the same time, we must remove the conditions that feed the problem. Terrorism festers where conflicts are endemic … and where human rights, human dignity and human life are not protected and impunity prevails. Second: the importance of dialogue and understanding. We have to drown out shrill appeals to intolerance and extremism with sound calls for compassion and moderation. Third: the increasing use of information technology to spread hate.”

Secretary-General Ban says terrorists and extremists are exploiting social media networks to radicalize people, noting that this is yet another arena where we have to replace the terrorist narrative with messages of peace, development and human welfare.

He warns that progress in all these areas will demand steady efforts by States – individually and collectively.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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