14 September 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Calls for Calm amid Disturbed Middle East Violence,


Condemns ‘Hateful’ Film Aimed at Sowing Bigotry, Bloodshed


The following statement was issued on 13 September by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the recent violence in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East.  Nothing justifies such killings and attacks.  He condemns the hateful film that appears to have been deliberately designed to sow bigotry and bloodshed.  At this time of rising tensions, the Secretary-General calls for calm and restraint, and stresses the need for dialogue, mutual respect and understanding.

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