Press Release

Secretary-General reiterates call for ‘immediate, unconditional’

release of all civilians held hostage in Iraq


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is extremely concerned about the fate of all civilians held hostage in Iraq and reiterates his call for their immediate and unconditional release.  The abductions of two French journalists and two Italian humanitarian aid workers and their Iraqi colleagues are but the latest incidents in a tragic pattern of violations committed against innocent civilians in Iraq

The Secretary-General appeals for respect, at all times, for the fundamental principals of human rights and dignity.

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