New York, 31 July 2007 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the killing of Korean hostages in AfghanistanThe Secretary-General deplores the killing of two of the hostages from the Republic of Korea held by the Taliban. He offers his sincere condolences to the family of the victims and to the Korean people. He remains deeply concerned for the safety and welfare of the 21 Korean hostages, the German national and the four Afghans, who are still being detained. The Secretary-General notes that these hostages include many young women who came to help the people of Afghanistan and they should not be made part of the conflict in that country.
The Secretary-General fully supports the Afghan authorities in their continuing efforts to ensure the safe return of all those being held against their will.
Statements on 31 July 2007
- New York, 31 July 2007 - Secretary-General's statement at Security Council after adoption of Resolution 1769 on the hybrid force for Darfur
- New York, 31 July 2007 - Secretary-General's remarks at launch by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of a new initiative on the Millennium Development Goals
- New York, 31 July 2007 - Secretary-General's address to General Assembly thematic debate: "Climate Change as a Global Challenge"