The United Nations on Friday released a statement condemning remarks made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling Zionism "a crime against humanity."
The UN issued a formal apology on behalf of Erdogan, "if the comment about Zionism was interpreted correctly," a UN spokesperson clarified in the statement.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heard Erdogan's speech through an interpreter, and said in a statement that if the comments were translated properly, they were "wrong" and "hurtful."
The statement added that the Secretary-General sees it an unfortunate situation that this occurred during a meeting under the theme of responsible leadership, and contradicts the principles on which the Alliance of Civilizations is based.
"We must stand united in confronting these life-and-death threats to the community fabric," occluded the statement.