Ban Ki-moon highlights role of cooperation in message to Islamic Summit

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Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General is calling for countries with influence on the Syrian authorities and opposition groups to urge the parties to avoid further militarization and engage in a political process.

The appeal comes in a message Ban Ki-moon sent on Thursday to the latest session of the Islamic Summit Conference underway in Cairo, Egypt.

Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said Mr. Ban is particularly concerned about the violence and humanitarian crisis in Syria and in Mali.

The Secretary-General also stressed the importance of working together to combat the menace of terrorism, and of taking action to deal with rising intolerance and discrimination, such as Islamophobia. (10 secs)

The Islamic Summit Conference brings together the 57 states that are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

It was last held five years ago in Dakar, Senegal.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 57"

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