Sunday, December 21, 2014

President Karzai Condoles with UN Secretary General over the killing of UN Staff in Mazar-e-Sharif

Arg, Kabul – H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan spoke this morning on phone with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki moon to convey his grief over the attack on Friday on the UN Assistance Mission Office in Mazar-e-Sharif in which seven of his staff were killed.

The President asked the Secretary General to convey the grief and the sadness of the people and the government of Afghanistan to the mourning families of the victims.

President Karzai described as “ruthless” the yesterday’s violent attack and affirmed that the government of Afghanistan is committed to launching an all-out probe into the incident and bringing to justice those responsible.

Stressing the importance of promoting a peaceful co-existence and harmony among the religions, President Karzai asked the Secretary General to play his role in raising public awareness on the significance of resorting to non-violence and non-desecration of faith and dialogue among religions particularly in countries where such sacrilegious practices were carried out.

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Press release by United Nations Security Council President

The following press statement was issued today by Security Council President Nestor Osorio (Colombia)

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the violent attack against the United Nations operations centre in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, on 1 April 2011, which resulted in the death and injury of United Nations staff.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep condolences to the families of the victims. The thoughts of the Security Council members are with the wounded and with all UNAMA personnel.

The members of the Security Council condemned all incitement to and acts of violence. They called on the Government of Afghanistan to bring those responsible to justice and take all possible steps, with the assistance of ISAF, as appropriate, to protect UN personnel and premises.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the people and the Government of Afghanistan, their support for the crucial work that the United Nations is doing in partnership with the Government for the benefit of all Afghans, and the Council’s commitment to a secure and stable Afghanistan.”