Ban pledges support for Israel after kidnappings

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned global terrorism on Sunday during a meeting with outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres in New York City.

Ban pledged U.N. support for Israel after the abduction of three students near the West Bank city of Hebron on June 12.

"I'm sending again my strong solidarity, first of all, with those young people who were kidnapped and must be enduring terrible days, and their families and friends, and the people of Israel," Ban said.

Ban urged all parties to not escalate tensions in the wake of the kidnappings amid reports that Israeli security forces detained more than 200 Palestinians.

The secretary-general also used the meeting to decry terrorism in Iraq, Syria and many parts of Africa. Ban highlighted the U.N.'s global counterterrorism strategy, which consists of four pillars to combat terrorism and provide guidance to member states.

"We need the whole world's unity and solidarity to address this terrorism," Mr. Ban said. "You can count on the United Nations."

Ban also bid farewell to Peres, who at 90 years old is stepping down next month.

"When many people in this world have been showing themselves just to fan the flames of conflict, widening the divisions instead of bridging the gap, (Peres has) always remained the constant voice of calm and reason," Ban said.