Press Releases

    SG/SM/9566
          AFG/266
          29 October 2004

    Secretary-General Deeply Dismayed at Abduction of Three UN Staff in Afghanistan

    NEW YORK, 28 October (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General today learned with deep regret and dismay that three international staff contracted by the UN Development Programme were abducted from a UN vehicle at approximately 1:00 in the afternoon, local time, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Very few details are known at present.  The United Nations is in close contact with the authorities and is hoping for the staff members’ immediate and unconditional release.

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