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Afghan MPs ask UN to support Wolesi Jirga

Afghan MPs ask UN to support Wolesi Jirga

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Jun 27, 2011 - 14:06

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Members of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, Afghanistaninfo-icon's lower house of Parliament, on Monday appealed to the international community for support.

MPs presented the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Afghanistan (SRSG), Staffan de Mistura, with a letter addressed to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, saying that Parliament had been inaugurated by the President on January 26, 2011 in full compliance with the final and certified results of the Sept. 18 elections.

“Afghanistan’s democratic institutions must resolve these elections issues in accordance with the Constitution of Afghanistan. Parliamentarians should act responsibly in making their constitutional demands, and must not resort to sit-ins, protests or other actions which could provoke public unrest,” de Mistura told a visiting group of parliamentarians.

He reiterated the United Nations' firm view that a peaceful future for Afghanistan depends on building up robust democratic institutions based on the rule of law and clear respect for the separation of powers.

He also reaffirmed the UN's commitment to continuing to support the Afghan people and government as they work to strengthen their democratic institutions.

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