Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on security incidents on the border between Ecuador and Colombia.
New York, 20 April 2018. The Secretary-General condemns the kidnapping and killing of three media workers, confirmed on 13 April, as well as the subsequent kidnapping of two other Ecuadorian nationals.
He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims, and his sympathy and solidarity to the Government and the people of Ecuador.
These acts highlight the threats posed by criminal groups operating on the border between Ecuador and Colombia. In this regard, the Secretary-General welcomes the close cooperation between both countries to address this common threat.
The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations availability to support the two Governments in the areas deemed necessary.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General