Press Releases

    23 June 2004

    Secretary-General Condemns ‘in the Strongest Terms’ Murder of Hostage 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 appalled by the murder of Mr. Kim Sun-Il, who was taken hostage in Iraq on 17 June 2004. 

    The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms this heartless crime, which no political or other cause can justify. 

    On this sad and painful occasion, the Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Kim Sun-Il and the Government of the Republic of Korea. 

    The Secretary-General reiterates his appeal for the immediate and safe release of all hostages being held in Iraq. 

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