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Secretary-General Condemns Al-Shabaab’s Seizure of Property, Equipment in Somalia
Belonging to Organizations, UN Agencies Providing Humanitarian Assistance
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General condemns, in the strongest possible terms, Al-Shabaab’s seizure of property and equipment belonging to several non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies earlier today. This brazen act prevents these organizations from providing life-saving assistance.
The Secretary-General demands that Al-Shabaab vacate the premises and return seized property to the affected agencies and NGOs. He calls for the ban imposed today by Al-Shabaab against these humanitarian organizations to be lifted immediately. He further calls on all parties in Somalia to respect international humanitarian law.
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