A day after Kabul demo, UN warns of aid cut
On Friday, Hundreds of Dr. Abdullah’s supporters took to the streets in the central capital against what they called massive fraud in the mid-June runoff elections.
The protestors, who walked from the Shahr-i-Naw Park and assembled in front of the UNAMA office, accused the United States, Britain and the world body of conniving at the election rigging.
Chanting full-throated slogans against UNAMA head Jan Kubis, President Hamid Karzai and the Independent Election Commission, they alleged their mandate had been stolen.
One of the protestors, Shafiq Sharq, claimed the secretary-general’s special representative and the US had failed to demonstrate their neutrality in the elections.
Voiced its grave concern over the situation, UNAMA tweeted on its site: “The UN will be forced to severely limit its activities, reducing its assistance to Afghanistan and its people.”
Its concerns were related to direct threats and verbal attacks against the UN expressed in Kabul, the mission said, adding consultations were ongoing on relocation of UN staff from Mazar-i-Sharif.
“Threats against the UN are threats against the whole international community,” UNAMA said. “Intimidation and verbal attacks directed at UN are unacceptable.
The world body would cut aid to Afghanistan if its election staff continued to be harassed, one tweet said.
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