12 March 2003

Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Killing of Humanitarian Workers in Liberia

NEW YORK, 11 March (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing of Emmanuel Sharpulo, and Musa Kita, Liberian nationals, and Kaare Lund, a Norwegian national, three humanitarian workers of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), who were brutally killed in eastern Liberia on 28 February 2003.

The Secretary-General extends his deepest sympathy to the families and colleagues of these three humanitarian workers, and demands that the Government of Liberia determine the exact circumstances under which the incident took place, and bring the perpetrators to justice. He further calls on all parties to the conflict in Liberia to reinforce measures taken to ensure the protection of civilians, including relief workers.

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