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U.N. can't back more Afghan elections without reform

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100105/wl_nm/us_afghanistan_un

the U.N. secretary-general said, the process “revealed serious flaws and weaknesses that need to be corrected before the United Nations can engage in a similar supporting role for future elections.”

Ban added his voice to calls by the United States and others for a “civilian surge” to match a stepped up military drive against the Taliban, to improve political and development efforts.

by Randy Clinton at 2010-01-05 14:30:39 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

this part curious:

“Western diplomats say two leading candidates to replace Eide are Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Iraq, and Jean-Marie Guehenno of France, who ran the U.N, peacekeeping department from 2001 to 2008.
In an unusual move, the New York Times ran an editorial last Friday endorsing Guehenno.”

by teru kuwayama | 09 Jan 2010 22:01 (ed. Jan 9 2010) | Palo Alto, California, United States | | Report spam→
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/138D84C494578FD7872576A5007CBB91?OpenDocument

excerpt:

Swedish diplomat Staffan di Mistura has been offered the job as the top U.N. official in Afghanistan, replacing the recently departed Kai Eide, according to Richard Holbrooke.

Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told The Cable in a brief interview Friday that di Mistura had called him to consult with him before accepting the offer.

“I had a very good talk with him, quite a long talk, we went over every aspect of the relationship,” Holbrooke said. “He wanted to discuss how he could relate to us … I assured him that the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy look forward to working with him.”

Farhan Haq, a spokesman for the United Nations, said that no official appointment had been made and that until there was an announcement, nothing was certain.

But Holbrooke seemed confident that di Mistura would soon be named to the post, and said he is “very pleased” with the selection. “Di Mistura has the unanimous support of the U.S. government,” said Holbrooke.

by teru kuwayama | 10 Jan 2010 17:01 | Palo Alto, California, United States | | Report spam→

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