2 February 2009

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General condemns in strongest terms attack on United Nations staff

After one refugee worker killed, another abducted in Pakistan


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary‑General Ban Ki‑moon:

The Secretary-General was deeply distressed to learn about the attack on two United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] workers today in Quetta, Pakistan, that took the life of Syed Hashim and resulted in the apparent abduction of John Solecki.  He condemns, in the strongest terms, attacks on United Nations staff who serve the neediest people around the world.  Such acts are aimed, not only against United Nations personnel, but also against those they serve selflessly and with dedication.

The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Hashim and calls for the immediate and safe release of Mr. Solecki.

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