12 October 2013

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

Saddened by Reports of Second Capsized Boat Carrying Migrants, Secretary-General

Calls on International Community to Prevent Future Tragedies


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

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to hear reports of the loss of lives as another boat carrying migrants capsized yesterday off the coast of Italy, only a few days after the tragic incident near Lampedusa, which had already claimed more than 300 lives.

The Secretary-General calls on the international community as a whole to take action to prevent such tragedies in the future, including measures that address their root causes and that places the vulnerability and human rights of migrants at the centre of the response.

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