Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 December 2008

Somalia / UN appeal for the freeing of hostages






Somalia / UN appeal for the freeing of hostages



MOGADISHU, Somalia, December 6, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general and the spokesperson for the general assembly president



Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, has appealed for the freeing of hostages being held in Somalia without delay or conditions, on the eve of the Eid holiday.


He added that many of those being held captive came to the region to assist the Somali people or to explain their situation to the rest of the world.  Their disappearance has caused untold anguish to their friends and families and has unnecessarily hurt the reputation of the Somali people.


Ould-Abdallah appealed in particular for the release of the two Catholic nuns who were abducted last month from a town on the border between Kenya and Somalia, saying, “I do not see any excuse for holding them for any longer.”



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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