- The United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) shared common views that terrorism and Islam have no linkages.
In his address to the OIC summit in Senegal, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said, “you have spoken up against those who seek to justify violence in the name of religion.
“Your efforts reinforce the UN's own steps to promote tolerance and understanding through the Alliance of Civilizations initiative, and I look forward to increasing UN-OIC collaboration in this area,” the UN chief said.
Mr Ban urged sustained cooperation on several pressing issues, including conflicts in the Middle East conflicts, Darfur and Somalia.
He was also concerned about attacks on innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel and Palestine to quickly resolve their problems.
The UN chief said the deployment of the AU/UN hybrid forces cannot be a substitute for a political process.
He recognised the unwavering role of OIC to promote peace between Chad and Sudan. Authorities of the neighbouring countries have been accused each other of internal interference.
Mr Ban held crisis meetings with leaders of Senegal, Sudan and Chad over the issue. He had also met with leaders of Somalia and Palestine, Presidents Abdullahi Yusuf and Mahmoud Abbass.
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