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Brussels, 14 September 2014
Statement by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the murder of British aid worker David Haines
"I am shocked by the news of the murder by ISIS terrorists of David Haines, a British relief worker. I condemn this horrible and despicable act. My thoughts and sympathy at this tragic moment are with his family, relatives and friends who mourn his death. David was a dedicated humanitarian worker whose only motivation and mission was to provide assistance to civilians affected by the conflict in Syria. His mission was a peaceful one, like that of all other humanitarian organisations whose only fight is to promote humanity and solidarity and deliver assistance, irrespective of identity, religion or nationality. Humanitarian aid is the common good of all nations and people. As such, International Humanitarian Law must be respected by everyone. All parties to a conflict must uphold the security and protection of relief workers."