Discussion on the Middle East, 27. 4. 2015
From Syria and Iraq to Libya and Yemen, the cultural and religious fabric in the Middle East, intricately woven over centuries, was being torn apart by terrorists intent on eliminating the very diversity that had given rise to many of the world’s great civilizations, the Security Council heard on March 27, 2015, as speakers implored it to help end the fighting and urgently protect the region’s minorities. Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN in New York Mr. František Ružička, describing the brutality of ISIL and Boko Haram, said that terrorism and extremism often related to religion might be rather linked to globalization, migration and social problems, as well as the lack of education and hope. There was no clash of civilizations but rather a clash of humanity versus brutality based on personal or group hatred. The international community had a duty to fight all such brutality in an urgent manner and to build the capacity of States to protect their populations against it. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Yezidis – elderly, men, women, children – terror knows no difference, no boundaries. And unfortunately, so far, they know well only one thing – impunity. International community also must hold all States and non-State armed groups to account and make them aware of their responsibilities. Slovakia is ready to support any actions in that regard. Reiterating the need for immediate action, he stressed that diversity was the richness of the region and must not become the cause for its decline.