New York

15 July 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan

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.