UN chief expresses shock over diplomat kidnapping

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The UN Secretary-General has expressed his shock over the kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in the Iraqi town of Mosul.

Islamic extremists took control of the country's second largest city on Tuesday forcing around half a million people to flee.

According to media reports, the head of the Turkish mission in Mosul and almost 50 consulate officials are being held by the militants.

Speaking at a General Assembly debate on addressing terrorism, the Secretary-General said attacks against diplomats could never be justified.

"This is totally unacceptable. As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am condemning in the strongest possible terms such a terrorist attack against diplomatic officers. No such terrorist attack against diplomatic officers and civilians can be justified under any circumstances, under any reason."   (27″)

In a separate development a website which aims to promote understanding of the diverse needs of victims of terrorism was launched on Wednesday.

The UN Victims of Terrorism Support Portal provides information on practical support for victims across the world.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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