HT Image
HT Image

Kidnappings concern Canada, UN: official

Kidnappings of government officials, businessmen, tourists and journalists have become a "disturbing and growing trend" that concerns Canada and the United Nations, an official said.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Ottawa
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2009 10:01 AM IST

Kidnappings of government officials, businessmen, tourists and journalists have become a "disturbing and growing trend" that concerns Canada and the United Nations, an official said.

Two Canadians disappeared in Niger in mid-December and are being held by an Algerian leader of Al-Qaeda's North African branch, according to a Malian source.

On Monday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to discuss the two missing diplomats UN special envoy to Niger Robert Fowler and his colleague Louis Guay.

Harper and Ban Ki-Moon "shared grave concerns about the recent kidnappings of UN officials, as well as officials of national governments, journalists, tourists and business people traveling abroad," a senior Harper aide said.

"It's a growing trend, a disturbing trend and of increasing concern to our government and governments around the world."

And it is a situation that "no one country can address in isolation."

The official would not comment specifically on the Fowler-Guay case to "minimize risk to the victims."

But Ban Ki-Moon said after his meeting with Harper on Monday that they discussed how to expedite the release of the two men.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP