New York

19 May 2018

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

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Attacks targeting civilians are grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and can never be justified. The United Nations maintains that all parties to the conflict must at all times uphold their obligations to protect civilians from harm.

The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Afghanistan.