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UN evacuates foreign staff from Kunduz

UN evacuates foreign staff from Kunduz

Feb 27, 2012 - 18:26

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) on Monday said it was relocating international staff from northern Kunduz province.

On Saturday, four demonstrators were killed in an attack on the UNAMA office in Kunduz City by hundreds of furious people, protesting the burning of the Quraninfo-icon by US troops.

Setting alight security booths and tyres in front of the office, the demonstrators raised full-throated slogans against the US and threw stones into the buildings. 

“This temporary relocation takes place inside Afghanistan and will be for a limited period of time,” a UNAMA statement said, adding its office in Kunduz would continue to deliver the critical programmes in the region.

“UNAMA wants to reiterate that the organisation is standing by the people of Afghanistan and will continue to stand as long as the people of Afghanistan want them.”

The staffers will be relocated elsewhere in Afghanistan until the organisation was sure that the office could operate in safety, the statement added.



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