Statement by Tom Koenigs, Special Representative of the Secretary General for AfghanistanKABUL, 11 April 2006 - I am shocked and saddened to have learned that an attack on a school in Kunar province this morning has resulted in the death of six children and wounded fourteen other people.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have suffered as a result of this awful attack. In all cultures and traditions it is universally accepted that women and children should be outside the arena of conflict and it is most upsetting that this principle is not being respected in Afghanistan.
Children have a fundamental human right to education and there can be no justification for such a heinous attack. I want to re-iterate my clear message that the children of Afghanistan should not be targeted by such violence and must be left alone in peace.
We know that all Afghan communities and the entire international community will join us in condemning this atrocity.