France condemns killing of foreign medical workers in Afghanistan

10:37, August 08, 2010      

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France condemned on Saturday the Taliban's assassination of 10 medical workers including eight foreigners in the Afghan province of Badakhshan.

"It is with great emotion that I heard the news ... It is with great energy that I condemn this cowardly and cruel act that demonstrates a profound contempt for human life," Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, said in a statement.

The top diplomat reiterated Paris' support for Afghanistan to crack down on Taliban insurgents and restore security in the region.

"In these painful circumstances, France reaffirms, with its partners, its determination to remain engaged with the Afghan people to work for the lasting stabilization of the country," Kouchner said.

"Those responsible of these crimes must be identified, arrested and brought to justice," he stressed.

A 10-member team of the International Assistance Mission (IAM), included six U.S. nationals, one British, a German and two Afghans, have been found dead in northeast Afghanistan's Badakhshan province.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the killings, accusing the medical staff of proselytizing Christianity, while IAM said they were helping the Afghan people to improve health and economic conditions.

Source: Xinhua


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