Press Releases

                            SG/SM/9415
                                                                                                                            IK/447
                                                                                                                            12 July 2004

    Secretary-General Calls for Release of Hostages Held by Iraqi Militants

    NEW YORK, 9 July (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 two Bulgarians and one Filipino national 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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