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Secretary-General Welcomes Release of United States National by Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea during Visit by Former President Jimmy Carter
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the release of a United States national during the visit to Pyongyang by former United States President Jimmy Carter. He appreciates the decision of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to release Aijalon Mahli Gomes on humanitarian considerations. The Secretary-General commends former President Carter for his humanitarian mission.
Taking this opportunity, the Secretary-General encourages emergency humanitarian aid to the DPRK, which has been affected by the recent flooding. He has been closely following with concern the flood situation in the DPRK and its possible impact on the already vulnerable humanitarian situation there and the funding gaps faced by the United Nations Humanitarian Country Team.
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