UN leader condemns killing of volunteer Korean hostages in Afghanistan
09 August 2007

A banner shows Korean hostages kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, during a news conference held by members of various civic groups to ask for the safe return of the hostages, in front of Afghanistan's embassy in Seoul August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Han Jae-Ho (South Korea)A banner shows Korean hostages kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, during a news conference held by members of various civic groups to ask for the safe return of the hostages, in front of Afghanistan's embassy in Seoul August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Han Jae-Ho (South Korea)
New York, USA: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently spoke out against the killing of two South Korean nationals, one of them an active volunteer, abducted in Afghanistan nearly two weeks ago.

“The Secretary-General deplores the killing of two of the hostages from the Republic of Korea held by the Taliban,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

Deeply concerned for the safety and welfare of those still being detained – 21 Korean hostages, as well as a German national and four Afghans – Mr. Ban 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.”

Mr. Ban “fully supports the Afghan authorities in their continuing efforts to ensure the safe return of all those being held against their will,” the spokesperson added.

The 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.

From: UN News Centre
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