UN in Geneva is not a specific target, says spokesman

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Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Heightened security at the United Nations Office in Geneva is in line with increased security measures in the city of Geneva overall.

That's according to a UN spokesman in the major Swiss city, which is home to a large number of UN bodies.

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, extra security measures at UN premises in Geneva were introduced.

Nicki Chadwick has more.

In a message to UN staff yesterday, Michael Møller, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, said that the extra security measures at the Palais des Nations follow information received from Swiss authorities and other sources about police operations taking place in Geneva and the region.

He emphasised that there is no indication of any specific increased risk against UN staff.

Michele Zaccheo, Officer-in-Charge of the UN Information Service in Geneva, said that increased security measures are not particularly or specifically a UN security issue: "It is something that is happening in the context of a security situation affecting the city of Geneva and the region surrounding Geneva. We are an important part, of course, of the Geneva community and our measures are commensurate of what is happening around us."

Mr. Zaccheo said that UN security staff are in constant touch with diplomatic security forces, federal authorities, cantonal authorities and city authorities, and that there is a constant exchange of information on the question of security at the UN in Geneva.

Nicki Chadwick, United Nations, Geneva.

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