Ban made a similar appeal.
‘‘The United Nations rejects defamation of religion in all forms,’’ the secretary-general in a statement released by his spokesman. ‘‘At the same time, nothing justifies the brutal violence which occurred in Benghazi yesterday.’’
Coinciding with Wednesday’s Security Council meeting, the secretary-general announced the appointment of former Lebanese minister Tarek Mitri as his new special representative in Libya, succeeding Ian Martin of Britain who will complete his assignment on Oct. 14. Mitri, who worked for the World Council of Churches in Geneva from 1991-2005, most recently held academic posts at Saint Joseph University in Beirut and the American University in Beirut.