Martin Kobler calls for release of Al-Shirshari children

  • Libyan Express |
  • Thursday 14 January 2016



The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, reiterates his strong condemnation of the kidnapping of Alshirshari children from Surman, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

SRSG Kobler said: “I am deeply saddened by the continued kidnapping of the three children, all under the age of thirteen. I cannot begin to imagine the plight and suffering of their parents and loved-ones. Their case highlights that even children are not immune from kidnapping and abduction, which unfortunately has become common across Libya. I call for their safe and prompt return to their family.”

The SRSG added: “This incident yet again demonstrates the urgent need for Libyans to put aside their differences and work together with the Government of National Accord to fight lawlessness and re-establish order and the rule of law”.

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