Press Releases

    SG/SM/9251
                                                                                                                            IK/428
                                                                                                                            13 April 2004

    Secretary-General Calls for Release of Japanese Nationals Held Hostage In Iraq

    NEW YORK, 8 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the threats to the lives of three Japanese nationals who are reportedly held hostage by Iraqi militants.

    The Secretary-General calls for the release of these three persons and all other innocent civilians who may have been abducted for political ends in the conflict.

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