SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS AGAIN FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE OF ALAN JARA ON SECOND ANNIVERSARY
OF KIDNAPPING IN COLOMBIA
NEW YORK, 14 July (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
On the second anniversary of the kidnapping of Alan Jara, former governor of the Department of Meta, from a United Nations vehicle in Colombia, the Secretary-General again calls on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to immediately release Mr. Jara. The FARC is responsible for Mr. Jara’s physical well-being and should provide proof that he is alive to his family, which has wrongly suffered his forced absence.
The Secretary-General urgently appeals to the FARC and others to release all those kidnapped and to stop this inhumane practice. It is a gross violation of human rights and international humanitarian law that has inflicted terrible suffering on the Colombian people.
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