UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "gratified" at the release on Saturday of John Solecki, an American U.N. official who was kidnapped in Quetta two months ago, and thanked the Pakistan government for its efforts in securing his freedom. Solecki, the Balochistan head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), had been snatched at gunpoint on February 2. His driver was killed during the abduction. "The Secretary-General is gratified to learn of the safe release of John Solecki, the head of the UN Refugee Agency office in Quetta, Pakistan, who is now once more in the care of the United Nations," his spokesperson said in a statement. "He is grateful to all those who have tried over the past two months to help secure John Solecki's release, and would like in particular to express his appreciation for the strong message made by Balochi leaders in support of his release, as well as the efforts made by the Government of Pakistan," the statement said. "The Secretary-General reaffirms the continuing commitment of the United Nations to help all the people of Pakistan , which has been demonstrated in John Solecki's own work" IN a statement, Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees, said, I and all of my UNHCR colleagues worldwide are extremely relieved to learn of the safe release of John Soleki after more than two months in captivity. We are especially happy for Johns family and friends who have been so supportive during this difficult ordeal. I am particularly grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to secure Johns release, including UN and UNHCR security staff, Balochi leaders who have provided consistent support, and the Pakistani authorities. UNHCR looks forward to continuing its humanitarian efforts in Pakistan as part of the United Nations team working on behalf of all of the people.