Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 March 2009

Somalia / Four United Nations staff members who were abducted released unharmed



Somalia / Four United Nations staff members who were abducted released unharmed


MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 18, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

Yesterday afternoon, we announced that the four United Nations staff members who were abducted early Monday morning were released unharmed late Monday night.


The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, said that the United Nations is grateful for the efforts and intervention of the local authorities, who used their influence and reach to ensure that the staff was cared for and ultimately released safely and quickly.  He said, “This is an important affirmation that the United Nations presence and its activities in the surrounding areas is accepted and protected by the local communities and leaders.”


The Humanitarian Coordinator added that the quick and positive resolution of this incident will ensure the aid operation can go on unhindered.  And there is a press release with more on this upstairs.


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


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