Press Releases

         9 December 2005

    Secretary-General Concerned about Wave of Kidnappings in Iraq

    NEW YORK, 8 December (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement is attributable to the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is dismayed by the recent wave of kidnappings in Iraq.  He is extremely concerned about the fate of all Iraqi and foreign civilians who have been abducted, including the group of four foreign hostages whose lives are being threatened.  The Secretary-General calls for their immediate, safe and unconditional release, and strongly reiterates his appeal to all sides to respect at all times the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law.

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