UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon comments on terrorism in Afghanistan

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media on the situation in Haiti following an earthquake at United Nations Headquarters on January 13, 2010 in New York City.

The violence in Afghanistan continues today. NATO officials say four coalition service members have been killed in one day in separate attacks around Afghanistan. Two of those killed were in the Taliban-dominated south.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is in the Southland this week. He told KPCC’s Patt Morrison that it will take a worldwide effort to end extremism and terrorism in Afghanistan.

“The international community should help Afghanistan through this transition so that they can have greater ownership and greater leadership in terms of making political reconciliation with all the ethnic groups, and in terms of improving their relationships with neighboring countries," said Ban.

Secretary Ban says removing extremism is a noble and difficult challenge, but key to helping stabilize Afghanistan.

Ban speaks Tuesday at UCLA for the Burkle Center for International Relations, delivering the Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace.

You can hear the full interview at 1 p.m. today on Patt Morrison.

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