New York, 7 December 2003 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on AfghanistanStatement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General was profoundly saddened by reports that nine children were killed in Ghazni, Afghanistan, apparently as a result of an air strike carried out by coalition forces targetting a Taleban leader. The
Secretary-General offers his sincerest condolences to the families of the
children who were killed.
The Secretary-General has noted that the coalition will conduct an
investigation into this tragic incident and urges that the investigation be
comprehensive and that its results be made public. Given that this is not
the first time innocents have been killed as a result of coalition
airstrikes in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General urges that the findings of
the investigation include measures to ensure that such tragic mistakes are
The Secretary-General stresses that the protection of civilians in armed conflict is an obligation of all parties. The fight against terrorism cannot be won at the expense of innocent lives.
7 December 2003