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Annan horrified at killing of American in Iraq

PTI | ByAssociated Press, United Nations
May 17, 2004 05:33 PM IST

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is horrified at the decapitation of an American in Iraq that was transformed into "a public spectacle" and appealed today for the respect of international law.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is horrified at the decapitation of an American in Iraq that was transformed into "a public spectacle" and appealed today for the respect of international law.

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Annan also condemned "all killings of innocent civilians in Iraq as he condemns all abuse of prisoners and other violations of international humanitarian law," U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said.

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Eckhard said Annan "was horrified by the gruesome murder of a civilian hostage yesterday in Iraq and he was particularly disturbed by the use of this killing as a public spectacle."

"He extends his deepest condolences to the family of the victim, and can only imagine how they must be feeling," Eckhard said.

"Now more than ever, he once again appeals to all parties to adhere strictly to the fundamental precepts of human rights and principles of international humanitarian law," Eckhard added.

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