Saturday, September 5, 2015

UN Security Council Press Statement on the elections in Afghanistan

The members of the Security Council acknowledged the conclusion of the electoral process in 2009 following the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission of Afghanistan to declare President Karzai elected President. The members of the Council congratulated the people of Afghanistan on their determined, active engagement and participation in the elections and commended the efforts of those who worked to ensure a credible process. The members expressed their appreciation for the support of the international community including ISAF and, in particular, paid tribute to the role of the Secretary-General, his Special Representative and team. The members also paid homage to all those who lost their lives during the process.

The members of the Council looked forward to working with President Karzai and his new administration. The members of the Council stressed the need for a renewed inclusive political process led by the Afghan government in accordance with the Afghan constitution in order to achieve national unity and a peaceful and prosperous future for all the people of Afghanistan.  .

The members of the Council reiterated their commitment to support Afghanistan on its path towards peace, reconciliation, democracy and reconstruction.  They called for the new Afghan government to effectively address the issues facing the country, including security, good governance and the fight against corruption as well as economic recovery, improving the livelihood of its people, and the cross-cutting issue of counter-narcotics.

The members of the Council reiterated their condemnation of violent and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country and reasserted that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

The members of the Council took note of the information provided by the Secretary-

General on measures undertaken in the interest of the security of UN personnel and welcomed the continued commitment of the United Nations and UNAMA to support the people and the government of Afghanistan in their quest for peace, security and stability.

World Leaders Congratulate President Karzai

World Leaders Congratulate President Hamid Karzai  on his victory in the Afghan elections. [Read more…]

Karzai Named President of Afghanistan

On Monday, the Independent Elections Commission officially announced the results of the fall 2009 Presidential elections, declaring President Hamid Karzai the winner and announcing him as President for the next five years.

The decision was made by the IEC by consensus after challenger Dr. Abdullah Abdullah pulled out of the second round on Saturday. As a result, the IEC was forced to decide whether to go through with the run-off or not. In making this decision, the IEC said, it took into account “the high interest of the Afghan people and to prevent uncertainty and a lot of challenges to stability and security.”

karzaibankimoonUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Kabul on Monday, and he met with both Dr. Abdullah and President Karzai. He welcomed the IEC’s decision and congratulated President Karzai. In a statement, he said, “This has been a difficult election process for Afghanistan and lessons must be learned. Afghanistan now faces significant challenges and the new President must move swiftly to form a Government that is able to command the support of both the Afghan people and the international community. The United Nations remains committed to providing every support and assistance to the new Government in helping to push forward progress for all peoples of Afghanistan.”

President Karzai also received a phone call of congratulations from UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who reiterated his country’s commitment to assisting Afghanistan and the Afghan people. The US Embassy in Kabul posted a statement on its website congratulating President Karzai on his victory and stating that the US “look[s] forward to working with him, his new administration, the Afghan people and our partners in the international community to support Afghaninstan’s progress toward institutional reforms, security and prosperity.” Top administration officials from the United States also pledged to work with President Karzai to create better governance and security for the country. On Sunday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the US “will support the next government of Afghanistan,” and expressed the opinion that Dr. Abdullah’s withdrawal from the run-off would not hurt the legitimacy of the process.