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“We must douse the fires of extremism and tackle the root causes of conflict,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said ahead of the official observance of the Day, 21 September, which this year falls on Sunday.
As on each year since the Day was created in 1981, the Secretary-General asked combatants to lay down their arms “so all can breathe the air of peace.” He also called on people around the world to observe a minute of silence at noon and reflect on what peace means for the human family.
Excerpt from the UN News Centre, full article here: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48748#.VCCGehZAceU