Two Pakistani Hostages Killed In Iraq
Annan Condemns Hostage-Taking After 2 Pakistanis Killed In Iraq
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his condemnation of all hostage-takings and acts of violence against innocent civilians following the killing of two Pakistani nationals Thursday in Iraq.
“Such acts are utterly unacceptable and are aimed at undermining Iraq’s political and economic reconstruction,” said a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman.
The spokesman said the
Secretary-General was dismayed and saddened to learn of the
brutal killing of the two contractors, who had been held
hostage for several days, and conveyed his deepest sympathy
and condolences to the Government of Pakistan and to the
families of the victims.