World leaders urged to support efforts to fight terrorists in Syria

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Ban Ki-moon. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

World leaders gathered in New York have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to support efforts to confront terrorist groups in Syria.

Ban Ki-moon told reporters on Tuesday that he has repeatedly warned about the brutality of extremist armed groups in Syria and the threat they pose to domestic and international peace and security.

He said that confronting terrorist groups operating in Syria requires a multifaceted approach.

"This approach should be designed to address the immediate security risks, to stop atrocity crimes and, over the longer term, to eliminate the conditions in which these groups take root. I urge the world leaders gathered in New York, especially those participating in tomorrow's Security Council Summit on foreign terrorist fighters, to come together decisively in support of efforts to confront these groups." (27")

Mr Ban said all measures against terrorists must be fully in line with the Charter of the United Nations.

He said actions against terrorists must be strictly in accordance with international humanitarian law.

He added that all necessary precautions must be taken to avoid civilian casualties.

United States President Barack Obama is expected to preside over a Security Council meeting on foreign terrorist fighters on Wednesday.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1'29"

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