"The council notes the commitment of both the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to foster a global dialogue for the promotion of tolerance and peace, and calls for enhanced cooperation to promote better understanding across countries, cultures and civilizations," Azerbaijan Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev, who holds October's rotating president of the council, said Monday in a statement.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the OIC, which has its administrative center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and all leaders to "do everything possible to repair rifts and rebuild confidence between Muslim communities, as well as stem the influence of radical armed groups and violent extremists."
Ban urged the strengthening of the U.N.-OIC partnership, saying it could be "uniquely placed" to launch a major initiative with others to help end the "profoundly worrying" tensions between Sunni and Shiite communities in Syria and elsewhere.
"This upheaval that has caused the loss of so many civilian lives and represents such a threat to wider security," Ban told the 15-member Security Council.
"Terrorism is not associated with any particular religion, culture or peoples," Ban said. "However, in recent years, terrorist violence has disproportionately affected countries that are members of OIC."
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