New York, 8 November 2007 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on attempted abduction of children from ChadThe Secretary-General supports ongoing efforts by the Government of Chad to find a solution to the attempted abduction of 103 children from Chad by addressing their immediate needs, attempting to quickly identify and reunite them with their families, and ensuring that proper legal processes are followed. Senior UN Officials in the region have already expressed their strong reaction at the actions of the relevant NGO. The Secretary-General believes that this incident underscores the urgent need for all concerned individuals, organizations and institutions to fully respect international legal instruments on the protection of children.
The Secretary-General offers his assurances that United Nations humanitarian assistance will continue to be provided to vulnerable civilians in Chad, including for the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people, refugees and host communities. He is confident that the Government of Chad will continue to work closely with the UN and its partners to address humanitarian and development needs in the country promptly.
Statements on 8 November 2007