Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
Thank You Zip.Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at a Group of Seven (G7) working session on terrorism, in Munich, Germany, today:I thank Chancellor Merkel for hosting this working session. I am increasingly concerned by the spread of violent extremist groups and the malicious and hateful ideologies that are fueling violence and terrorism around the world.From the deadly ideologies of ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] and Boko Haram, to Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, this wave of intolerance and hatred is a serious threat to peace, development, human rights and humanitarian action. The two most pressing issues we need to address are the underlying contexts and drivers of violent ideologies and the main threats that have emerged, such as foreign terrorist fighters.During the last 15 years, most counter-terrorism efforts have been reactive, focusing largely on military and security measures. This approach has often generated negative unintended consequences, further radicalizing disenfranchised communities.