UN chief urges Russia, US to cooperate against terrorism

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urges global solidarity against terrorism, urging Russia, US to cooperate

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attends the 10th East Asia Summit at the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 22, 2015

Updated Nov 23, 2015

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Russia and the United States on Sunday to cooperate in fighting against terrorism saying that he would reveal a plan to fight violence early next year.

Ban said that he trusted their support in trying to get rid of terrorism and the UN was consulting with member states about ideas towards a joint counter-terror strategy.

"All these terrorists and ideology extremists should be defeated in the name of humanity," Ban 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 DAESH terrorist group.

"I again highly commended the leadership of the Russian Federation together with the United States to address some of the roots causes of this terrorism," he added.

The US President Barack Obama and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev separately called for all countries to coordinate for wiping out DAESH after the recent deadly attacks conducted by the terrorist group on a Russian plane and on multiple targets in Paris.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L), US President Barack Obama (2nd L) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (bottom R) take their seats for an East Asia Summit (EAS) meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 22, 2015 (Reuters)

"Terrorism doesn't have borders. We need to build cooperative work in order to fight Islamic State [DAESH], as a terrorist factor. It's necessary to do it in tight cooperation, trying to agree on efforts, both political and military, which states that have suffered from terrorism are taking," said Medvedev.

Obama was also at the same summit and said DAESH was "a bunch of killers with good social media" who would be stopped by the US and its allies.

"Destroying (DAESH) is not only a realistic goal, we're going to get it done," Obama 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," he added.

Obama also said that if Russia focused on struggling DAESH it "would be helpful" in fighting against terrorism and he hoped that Moscow would agree to a leadership change in Syria which included the stepping down of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad.

"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," Obama 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," he added.

During the Syrian civil war, Russia and Iran have been Assad’s strongest foreign supporters as the US, its Gulf allies and Turkey have insisted on his stepping down as part of any final peace deal.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 22, 2015 (Reuters)

Medvedev said Muslim-majority countries, including Russia, should collaborate to fight against DAESH through institutions like the UN.

"Terrorists have blown up a Russian airplane over the Sinai Penninsula. They've conducted a massacre at the heart of Europe," Medvedev said.

"These acts are atrocious. The whole world has shuddered," he added.

Medvedev later told Ban that they needed to work closely to fight against DAESH as a terrorist factor.

"We also have to harmonise, to coordinate efforts – both political and military – that are undertaken by those countries that have suffered from terrorism," he said.

TRTWorld and agencies