UN head calls for joint effort to tackle radicals
Published 25/09/2010 | 05:00
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon railed against radicals fostering tensions between the Western and Islamic worlds yesterday.
he said the international community should stand together against those seeking to demonise "the other".
"Let us acknowledge that we live in a world where the smallest group can inflict large damage," Mr Ban said. "That damage can be multiplied by loose language in politics and beyond."
He was addressing a meeting of the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative aimed at combating extremism through dialogue between different cultures and religions.
Mr Ban's speech came a day after US President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traded accusations about their nations' nuclear programs.
Still, both left the door open to further negotiations about the nuclear impasse.
In his speech on Thursday to the annual summit of world leaders, Ahmadinejad also raised the possibility that "some segments within the US government" had orchestrated the 9/11 attacks -- a statement that prompted members of the American delegation to walk out in protest from the U.N. General Assembly.