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OAS Secretary General Recalled Tragic Events of September 11, 1973 and 2001

  September 11, 2014

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today recalled the tragic events that occurred on September 11, in Chile and the United States, in 1973 and 2001, respectively, and called on the international community "to observe tolerance and to respect diversity at a time when the world is shaken once more by violence."

The Secretary General noted that the traumatic events that occurred in by both countries not only impacted them, but also the entire world, awakening the solidarity of peoples and governments who saw how violence claimed the lives of thousands of innocent citizens. "The inability of some groups to accept differences leads sometimes sick minds to turn to violence as the only way to achieve their goals," he said, warning that "this cannot still happening in a world that reaches, although unevenly, remarkable levels of development."

The head of the OAS regretted that in spite of the impact that both tragic episodes and others had throughout the world, violence continues to be the path followed by extremist and fanatic groups, such as ISIS, which brutality has triggered widespread horror in all societies.

The OAS leader warned that this is one of the most urgent challenges that not only the governments of the region, but also all continents must face, in a coordinated and united way. "The threat of violence must be faced in unity, with determination and strength," he noted.

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Reference: E-368/14