Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan
New York , 15 July 2014
The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack in south-eastern Afghanistan. The attack on civilians in Paktika during the holy month of Ramadan is a despicable criminal act, which killed and injured many innocent people, including children.
The Secretary-General further condemns a targeted attack against civilian workers in Kabul today, which killed two government employees.
Such attacks, directed against civilians, are serious violations of international humanitarian law.
The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the families of those killed and a swift recovery to those injured.
The Secretary-General notes that these acts come just days after the release of the United Nations’ report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, and underscores the serious challenges that still face Afghanistan. He once again commends the bravery and resilience of the Afghan people, who participated in two rounds of elections in a clear rejection of violence and who continue to work towards a more prosperous, peaceful future.
Statements on 15 July 2014
- Kingston, Jamaica, 15 July 2014 - Secretary-General's message to the 20th Session of the International Seabed Authority [delivered by Mr. Stephen Mathias, ASG, Office of Legal Affairs]
- Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 15 July 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks during visit to police academy and school
- Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 15 July 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks during visit to the International Olympic Committee “Sports for Hope Centre” [scroll down for French version]
- Margarita Island, Venezuela, 15 July 2014 - Secretary-General's message to 2014 Special Pre-COP on Climate Change
- New York, 15 July 2014 - Secretary-General's video message to the Economic and Social Council High-Level Event on Sustainable Development and the World Drug Problem