KABUL (SW) – Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, has criticized the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan in connection with the recount of presidential vote’s process.
A well-placed source told Salam Watandar that Abdullah, a presidential candidate, met UNAMA chief and UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, on Tuesday and expressed his concerns and criticism. The source said the meeting was very serious in which Chief Executive Abdullah said the UNAMA stance on recount of votes ahead of the completion of sorting process was questionable.
According to the source, Abdullah asked the UNAMA chief for clarification in regard to letter by this body in which Mawlana Abdullah, an electoral commission candidate, was charged with levelling ethnic slurs and threats against a colleague during an official meeting at the Independent Election Commission. Abdullah said sending a letter citing incomplete information in such the tone was not right in the current situation in Afghanistan, and it could spark ethnic and religious sentiments. He added it has provoked the people of Afghanistan against the UN mission.
The source said the Chief Executive told the UN representative that such actions of the organization were damaging to the UN's credibility and were "dangerous and critical" for Afghanistan.
The Chief Executive told UNAMA chief, Yamamoto that his election team, Stability and Partnership, is watching closely the diplomatic movements and the stance of all those involved in the election because "the Afghan people are the main victims of the election fraud and no party or group has right to influence the outcome”.
We tried to get the view of UNAMA and the Chief Executive’s office, but we failed.