7 April 2014

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

Secretary-General Strongly Condemns ‘Cold-Blooded Killing’ of United Nations


Office on Drugs and Crime Staffers in Somalia


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

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms today’s cold-blooded killing of two colleagues working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at Galkayo Airport in Puntland, Somalia.  He expresses his deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.

The Secretary-General urges the relevant authorities to fully investigate this outrageous crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice without delay.  He expresses his appreciation to all United Nations staff in Somalia for their continued dedication under difficult circumstances.  The United Nations remains determined to support the people and the Federal Government of Somalia in their efforts to strengthen peace, security and the rule of law in the country.

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