UN Secretary-General urges OIC to help repair rifts between Muslim communities

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to do everything possible to rebuild confidence between Muslim communities.

Secretary-General Ban spoke in the Security Council as it discussed cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations.

He said on Syria, ongoing cooperation between the two organizations includes humanitarian and political efforts but more needs to be done for a comprehensive agreement to end the war which has heightened tensions between Sunni and Shia communities.

Mr. Ban said tragic and violent manifestations of these divisions in many parts of the Muslim world are "profoundly worrying."

'I believe the OIC could be uniquely placed to launch a major initiative working with the United Nations and others to help bring an end to this upheaval that has caused the loss of so many civilian lives and represents such a threat to wider security. I urge the OIC and all leaders to do everything possible to repair rifts and rebuild confidence between Muslim communities as well as to stem the influence of radical armed groups and violent extremists." (29)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN and the OIC are working closely on issues ranging from conflict prevention and resolution to counter-terrorism, from human rights and humanitarian affairs to intercultural dialogue and sustainable development.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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