Iraq: Bring murderers of Russian dips to justice
Secretary-General calls on Iraq to bring murderers of Russian diplomats to justice
Expressing shock at the gruesome murder of four Russian diplomats who were taken hostage in Iraq earlier this month, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged Iraqi authorities to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.
“He condemns in the strongest possible terms these heinous acts, which no cause can justify,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said in a formal statement, reiterating his call for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages in the strife-torn country.
The Secretary-General also conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of the Russian Federation.