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Violence-free world can be realized through cooperation: Iran's President Rouhani

Report by Tehran Times; photos by Islamic Republic News Agency

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that a world without violence can be realized through governments' cooperation and coordinated policy making. Rouhani made the remarks during the International World Against Violence and Extremism Conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

"When governments are coordinated, extremist movements will be marginalized," Rouhani stated.

If governments agree on common policies with their neighbors, they can root out violence in a short period of time, Rouhani added.

He went on to say that such cooperation is seen in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, which has laid the foundation for reducing extremism.

Commenting on the proposal he made at the UN General Assembly session in 2013, Rouhani said that the UN member states overwhelming vote approving the proposal indicates the importance all countries attach to countering violence.

In his address to the UN General Assembly in September 2013, Rouhani proposed that the world unite against "violence and extremism". A few months later the UN overwhelmingly approved Rouhani's World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) proposal.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani noted that extensive political and economic cooperation has reduced violence and extremism in some parts of the world.

However, in other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, unfortunately, violence still exists, he said.

It is essential that all countries and peace movements cooperate and interact with each other and increase their resolve in the campaign against violence and extremism, the Iranian president stated.

Rouhani added that a common understanding about the reasons for the emergence of violence is very important.

He went on to say that regional countries are seeking peace and struggling in the campaign against terrorism enthusiastically, and it is not necessary that "extra regional actors" determine the destiny of regional countries.

He called on regional countries to make efforts for the creation of a peaceful and secure Middle East through consultation, coordination, the establishment of a coalition, and logical and wise policy making.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani described "wrong thoughts" as one of the paths that lead to violence.

The Iranian president also presented 10 propositions for the global campaign against terrorism.

The countries that have helped terrorists should stop providing financial support to them, Rouhani stated.

He also said that international aid for the reconstruction of destroyed areas is essential.

It is necessary to halt the economic empowerment of terrorism, he stated.

Rouhani said that regional countries should cooperate in reforming their education systems and fighting against extremist and violent interpretations of religious teachings.

All parties that are serious about the campaign against terrorism should exchange information through regional cooperation, he added.

He went on to say that national and international media outlets should make efforts to inform the public about the threats posed by terrorists.

He called for international cooperation in countering the terrorists' abuse of social networks.

He added that the countries that serve as transit routes for terrorists are responsible for restoring security and stability to the region.

And he urged the international community to carry out reforms at the UN.

The Iranian president also proposed that December 18 be declared World Against Violence and Extremism Day.

On December 18, 2013, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to approve Rouhani's World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) proposal.

The International World Against Violence and Extremism Conference opened in Tehran on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday.

Figures from 40 countries are attending the conference.

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