UN envoy and Lebanese official discuss efforts to free kidnapped Estonians

6 April 2011

United Nations envoy Michael Williams today discussed the recent abduction of seven Estonian cyclists in the Bekaa Valley with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati and the efforts under way to secure their release.

Mr. Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, expressed his concern over the 23 March incident during which the seven men were kidnapped at gunpoint after entering Lebanon through Syria on their bicycles.

“No purpose is served by their continued detention,” he told reporters in New York last week after briefing the Security Council on the latest developments in Lebanon.

In his meeting with Mr. Mikati, the Special Coordinator welcomed the diligent efforts of Lebanon’s security forces and army to secure the release of the cyclists.

 

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