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Ban condemns Texas shooting, says ‘ideas must be defended through democratic debate and dialogue’


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s shooting in Texas that injured a law enforcement officer, reiterating that such criminal acts have nothing to do with religion or belief.

In response to a question asked during the daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, a note to reporters issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General condemns the attack by two gunmen who opened fire and injured a security guard in Texas yesterday.

According to news reports, the shooting incident took place in the Dallas suburb of Garland outside a venue hosting a controversial cartoon exhibit.

The Secretary-General in his statement reiterated that such criminal acts have nothing to do with religion or belief. “Ideas must only be defended through democratic debate and dialogue. There is no justification for violence,” said the note.

“The Secretary-General underlines that freedom of expression and tolerance are essential elements of peaceful societies and must be strongly upheld,” said the note, which added that Mr. Ban recalled the importance of promoting intercultural dialogue and respect as crucial means to prevent and address extremism.

“The Secretary-General wishes the injured security guard a swift recovery,” the note concludes.

4 May 2015

Source: UN News Centre

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