UN chief calls for “immediate and unconditional release” of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls
UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for “the immediate and unconditional release” of more than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by suspected extremists earlier this month.
The girls went missing during an attack on a secondary school in Dapchi Town, in north-eastern Yobe state, on 19 February.
The UN chief has strongly condemned the abduction and attack, believed to be the work of suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
Four years ago, the group abducted nearly 300 teenage girls from a school in the town of Chibok, an incident which sparked outrage internationally.
In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the UN chief called for the girls to be safely returned to their families.
UNICEF shocked by “senseless” killing of colleague and five aid workers in Central African Republic
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has strongly condemned a deadly attack in the Central African Republic in which six aid workers were killed, one of whom was a colleague.
The incident occurred on Sunday while the group was travelling in a remote area in the north-west region of the country, near the border with Chad.
UNICEF chief of communications for West and Central Africa, Thierry Delvigne-Jean, said the agency was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the killing of its staff member and the five other education workers.
“We strongly condemn this senseless act against workers who were there to improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations, and of course we offer our deepest condolences to the families and the colleagues of the victims.”
Afghan authorities plans for peace talks with Taliban welcomed by UN mission
The Afghan Government’s renewed call for unconditional peace talks with the Taliban extremist group has been welcomed by the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA.
The UN operation, together with 25 countries and international organizations, participated in a conference in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday focused on establishing consensus for an Afghan-led peace process.
UNAMA has issued a statement underlining its strong support for peace through intra-Afghan dialogue and is urging all parties to engage “at the earliest time”.
The Mission has commended the authorities’ willingness to discuss all issues as part of a peace process, including key aspects such as the lifting of sanctions against persons and entities, as well as the release of prisoners.