ANNAN STRONGLY CONDEMNS BRUTAL KILLING OF 3 AID WORKERS IN
From: UN New York, Mar 11 2003 3:00PM
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United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan
today strongly condemned the brutal killing in Liberia of three
humanitarian workers and called on the Government to bring the
perpetrators to justice.
In a statement issued
by a UN spokesman in New York, Mr. Annan demanded that the Government
determine the exact circumstances under which the incident took place.
He also called on "all parties to the conflict in Liberia to reinforce
measures taken to ensure the protection of civilian, including relief
The Secretary-General extended his deepest sympathy to the families and
colleagues of Emmanuel Sharpolu and Musa Kita, Liberian nationals, and
Kaare Lund of Norway, who was killed on 28 February. He had originally
been reported as missing.
The three workers for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
were on their way to a Norwegian-funded ADRA project in the highly
volatile border region of Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire when they were
caught-up in a rebel attack on Toe Town.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), ADRA's partner in the
construction of campsites for Ivoirian refugees in Liberia, said it
learned of Mr. Lund's killing with "shock and sadness." The agency added
that the 28 February attacks on Toe Town have disrupted humanitarian
activities in Liberia's eastern border regions.