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SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON KILLING IN SOMALIA
OF UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OFFICIAL
The following Security Council press statement on the death of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) official in Mogadishu was read out today by Council President Le Luong Minh (Viet Nam):
Members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the killing on 6 July of the Officer in Charge of the United Nations Development Programme office in Mogadishu, Ali Osman Ahmed, and the wounding of other individuals, including Mr. Ahmedís brother and son, in the same attack.† Council members express their condolences to Mr. Ahmed's family and friends.
Security Council members reaffirm the imperative to respect, in all circumstances, the safety and security of United Nations and humanitarian relief personnel.† Council members commend United Nations personnel for their efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability in Somalia and respond to the needs of the Somali people.
Members of the Council further reaffirm their condemnation of all such attacks against United Nations and humanitarian personnel in Somalia, and call on all Somalis to prevent such attacks from occurring in the future and to work together through peaceful dialogue, and reiterate the need for a comprehensive and lasting cessation of hostilities.
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