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Added by on 2014-08-25

A tense stand-off in Ukraine, the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, devastation in Gaza – and all the while, ISIS grows in strength in the heart of the Middle East and racial tensions come to a head in the United States. A fractured world and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is the man tasked with picking up the pieces. “The world is confronting multiple crises at this time,” Ban Ki-moon told Christiane Amanpour. “The situation in Iraq, we have a very serious crisis in Ukraine but we still have very serious crises in Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic. On top of this we are now being hit by Ebola epidemics.” Amanpour first asked him about the increasing threat of ISIS: an extremist militant group whose seized territory across Iraq and Syria has been said to be larger than the United Kingdom. Can the U.N. help those affected and to stop the threat before it spreads even further? “The United Nations cannot do it alone in addressing international terrorism and extremists. The way they have been terrorizing the international community and its people by kidnapping the women, children and particularly journalists, this is totally unacceptable. These are against the international humanitarian law and against the international human rights law and we saw this horrendous killing of Mr. James Foley, that we have condemned in the strongest possible terms.” Amanpour asked if the horrors of ISIS that he had just described were due to an escalation of the Syrian crisis because, as he had told her in a previous interview, there was no “Plan B”. ​ “That is why I have always been urging, the number one priority should be that that the parties stop the violence unconditionally and return to political dialogue.”