UN chief urges Rus­sia, US to co­op­er­ate on ter­ror­ism

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

KUALA LUMPUR: UN Sec­re­taryGen­eral 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 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 to­wards 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.

US Pres­i­dent Barack 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.” Obama said it “would be help­ful” if Rus­sia di­rected its fo­cus on tack­ling Is­lamic State and he hoped Moscow would agree to a lead­er­ship tran­si­tion in Syria that meant its Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad step­ping down.

“The ques­tion at this point is whether (Rus­sia) can make the strate­gic ad­just­ment that al­lows them to be ef­fec­tive part­ners with us and the other 65 coun­tries,” he said.

“Rus­sia has not of­fi­cially com­mit­ted to a tran­si­tion of As­sad mov­ing out ... I think we’ll find out in the next few weeks whether we can bring about that change in per­spec­tive.” Rus­sia and Iran have been As­sad’s strong­est for­eign supporters dur­ing Syria’s civil war. But the United States, its Gulf al­lies and Tur­key have in­sisted he steps down as part of any even­tual peace deal.

Medvedev said coun­tries with large Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing Rus­sia, should unite to fight against Is­lamic State and told a meet­ing of Asian lead­ers that should be done through in­sti­tu­tions like the United Na­tions.

“Ter­ror­ists have blown up a Rus­sian air­plane over the Si­nai Pen­nin­sula. They’ve con­ducted a mas­sacre at the heart of Europe,” he said. “Th­ese acts are atro­cious. The whole world has shud­dered.”

He later told Ban: “We have to work to­gether to fight Is­lamic State as a ter­ror­ist fac­tor.” “We also have to har­mo­nize, to co­or­di­nate ef­forts - both po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary - that are un­der­taken by those coun­tries that have suf­fered from ter­ror­ism.” — Reuters

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