Ban urges Russia, U.S. to unite against terrorism

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

UNITED Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, urged Russia and the United States yesterday to cooperate in rooting out terrorism and said he would unveil a comprehensive plan to fight extremism and violence early next year.

United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama and Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, separately called on all countries to coordinate and thwart Islamic State after its recent devastating attack on a Russian plane and on multiple targets in Paris.

Ban said he counted on their support to wipe out a common enemy and the United Nations was gathering ideas from members toward a joint counter-terror strategy.

“All these terrorists and ideology extremists should be defeated in the name of humanity,” he said during a meeting in Malaysia with Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, at the annual East Asia Summit.

“We need to unite. We need to show global solidarity to address … the common enemy of ISIL, Daesh, some other extremists and terrorist groups,” he said, referring to Islamic State.

Obama at the same summit said Islamic State was “a bunch of killers with good social media” who would be thwarted by the United States and its allies.

“Destroying (Islamic State) is not only a realistic goal, we’re going to get it done,” he told a news conference.

“We will take back land they are currently in, take out their financing, hunt down leadership, dismantle their networks, supply lines and we will destroy them.”

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