Press Releases

                                                                                                                     23 June 2004

    Secretary-General Strongly Appeals for Immediate Release of Hostages in Iraq

    NEW YORK, 22 June (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is very concerned about the recent trend of  hostage-taking in Iraq.  In the latest incident, Mr. Kim Sun-Il, interpreter from the Republic of Korea for a trade company, was taken hostage on 17 June 2004.

    The Secretary-General condemns all such acts of hostage-taking, which can have no justification and are aimed at undermining international efforts to help restore peace and security in Iraq.  The Secretary-General strongly appeals for the immediate and safe release of Mr. Kim Sun-Il, as well as all other hostages being held.

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