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Senior officials voice outrage at killing of two UN consultants in Somalia

This news story was published on April 7, 2014.
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NEW YORK – Senior United Nations officials today voiced outrage at the killing of two consultants working for the world body’s arm dealing with drugs and crime who were shot by unknown gunmen in Somalia’s Puntland region.

Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), strongly condemned the killing of his colleagues in the “cruel and senseless” attack at Galkayo Airport.

“I hope the relevant authorities in Somalia will undertake every effort to ensure that their killers are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice,” he said in a statement.

“I would also like to offer my most profound condolences to the family, loved ones, friends and colleagues of these two individuals, who were so committed and dedicated to UNODC’s work.”

The top UN official in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, also condemned the “brutal” murder of the two international consultants, who were in Galkayo to support UNODC efforts in the region.

“Our UN colleagues were working in support of the Somali people’s aspiration for a peaceful and stable future. There can be no justification for such a callous attack,” said Mr. Kay, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

He too called on the authorities to immediately conduct a full investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice without delay.

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