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Ban discusses UN official's kidnapping with Zardari

Source: PTI
March 07, 2009 00:44 IST
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The kidnapping of United Nations High Commision for Refugees official John Solecki and setting up of UN inquiry commission to probe former Pakistan premier Benazir's Bhutto assassination were among the issues that the world body chief .

Ban-Ki-Moon has discussed with President Asif Ali Zardari. Ban, in a phone conversation with Zardari on Thursday night talked about the kidnapping of the UN official, saying no cause can be served by prolonging his abduction. Moon discussed the efforts to trace Solecki.

The setting up of a UN inquiry commission to probe the assassination of Bhutto and regional peace also featured in their talks. Zardari apprised Moon about the Pakistan government's efforts to trace Solecki, who was kidnapped last month, and said "no stone would be left unturned" for his release.

Moon appreciated the government's efforts and underscored the importance of the humanitarian work being done by Solecki. He stressed that no cause can be served by prolonging his abduction.

He expressed concern at the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team and condemning the "heinous act". Moon also regretted the killing of Pakistani security personnel who were providing security to the Lankan players. Zardari also expressed his resolve to fight terrorism and said such acts of cowardice as Solecki's kidnapping cannot deter the government's commitment to curb terrorism in all its manifestations.

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