Statement by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs strongly condemning the murder of a UNHCR staff in Pakistan and the abduction of one of its senior official, Mr. John Solecki
(Paris, February 3rd 2009)
“ France condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of a UNHCR staff in Pakistan, Mr. Syed Hashim Raza, and the abduction of one of its senior officials, Mr. John Solecki.
These unacceptable actions against United Nations staff affect the whole international community. Attacks targeting humanitarian workers and the United Nations constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law.
France reaffirms its support to the UNHCR and pays tribute to its staff who accomplish their mission of protecting and assisting refugees and displaced persons with dedication, often in life-threatening conditions.
France calls for the immediate release of Mr. John Solecki. “