NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Meets Deputy UN Special Representative for Afghanistan
On Thursday, January 23, Mr. Nicholas Haysom, Deputy UN Special Representative for Afghanistan called on H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the National Coalition of Afghanistan.
At the outset, Dr. Abdullah extended his deep condolences on last week’s terrorist attack at the international restaurant which tragically took the lives of 21 people, including 4 members of the UNAMA office in Kabul. During the meeting, the two sides conferred on a wide range of issues, in particular on the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections scheduled to be held on April 5.
In this regard, the two sides also discussed the Ministry of Interior’s recent report pertaining to security of polling stations, distribution of electoral related material around the country, importance of timely elections on high voter turnout, domestic and international monitoring, implications of continued delay in the signing of the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement on the electoral process, possible interference by government institutions, and ensuring security for candidates and voters.
Dr. Abdullah reiterated that the international community should undertake all efforts, together with the Afghan people, to ensure holding of transparent, inclusive and credible elections. He further added that successful elections would be a historic achievement for the Afghan nation, significantly strengthening the faith and confidence of the Afghan people in the democratic process.
January 24, 2013 – Kabul, Afghanistan
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