Secretary General of the United Nations, UN, Ban Ki-moon has warned world leaders that efforts to fight terrorism can misfire if they don’t respect fundamental rights.
Ban told the G-7 meeting in Germany yesterday that security measures and even military action may be necessary to combat violent extremists.
But he cautioned that “when counter-terrorism efforts ignore the rule of law and violate fundamental rights, which they do far too often, they not only betray the values they seek to uphold, but can also end up further fueling violent extremism.”
Ban said targeting entire minorities increases bitterness, radicalism and extremism within those communities.
Meanwhile, US President, Barack Obama has said that it will take time but Islamic State militants will ultimately be defeated and driven out of Iraq.
Obama stressed that the challenges remain significant in Iraq, where the IS group controls large swaths of territory and recently took the key city of Ramadi, adding that success against the militants will ultimately depend on an effective international coalition backing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Obama said he is “absolutely confident we will succeed” if the international coalition supports Abadi and the prime minister has a government that represents everyone.
Abadi thanked Obama and leaders from the G-7 wealthy democracies for their support. He also expressed confidence in ultimate victory.
The two leaders commented yesterday as they met on the sidelines of the G-7 summit being held in Elmau, Germany.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is “not a lot of time” to work out a deal over more bailout money for financially troubled Greece.
Merkel said at the Group of Seven summit in Germany on Monday that Greece needs to agree to take steps to straighten out its finances and economy, as it negotiates with other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund for more bailout loan money.
Greece is dangerously close to running out of money and defaulting on debt repayments to the IMF and the European Central Bank. A default could worsen Greece’s situation and perhaps force it out of the euro.
Merkel said that “we want Greece to remain part of the eurozone but we’ve got the clear message that solidarity… requires Greece to implement measures.”