UN Chief Calls for Quiet Resolution of N.Korean Defector Issue

      March 16, 2012 11:45

      UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said a low-key approach would be more effective in trying to prevent China from repatriating North Korean defectors arrested there. It is sometimes better to resolve such sensitive issues "quietly and behind the scenes," Ban told Korean reporters in New York.

      Ban said he has told "related countries" that he would like to see the problem resolved through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. "I conveyed my concerns and sought cooperation as best I can in my position," he said.

      When asked whether China was among them, Ban said, "I will not mention specifics, as I believe you all are well aware of them."

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