MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Terrorism and extremism should not be associated with one region or nation, but should be tackled globally, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his address to the fifth Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) on Wednesday.
"Global terrorism, violent extremism challenge transcend borders and geographic boundaries. They should not be associated with a geographic region or a nation," Ban said in a letter, as read out by UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman.
It was added in Ban's letter that terrorism was a global threat and it posed a direct assault on the UN charter and universal declaration of human rights.
"I hope that we will find consensus on a strong General Assembly outcome resolution and reinforce international unity in a face of the terrorism groups and violent extremists," Ban said in the letter.
Earlier in the day, the two-day MCIS started in Moscow. The agenda of the MCIS includes struggle with terrorism, as well as security challenges in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia. The event brings together over 500 participants, including military officials and experts.