Galbraith says sacking as deputy Afghan envoy terrible signal
Last Updated: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 16:12
  
Kabul: Peter Galbraith, sacked as deputy UN special envoy to Afghanistan, said his dismissal sends a "terrible signal" about the body's commitment to a fraud-free election for the country's next president.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday sacked Galbraith, who had been embroiled in a dispute with his boss over Afghanistan's controversial election.

"The Secretary General has decided to recall Mr Peter Galbraith from Afghanistan and to end his appointment as the deputy special representative for UNAMA," a UN statement said, referring to the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan.

"I disagree with this decision not just on personal grounds but because it sends a terrible signal when the UN removes an official because he was concerned about fraud in a UN-sponsored and funded election," Galbraith told the BBC in an interview late Wednesday.

Differences between Galbraith, an American, and UN special representative to Afghanistan Kai Eide, of Norway, over dealing with fraud allegations became public last month when Galbraith abruptly left Kabul to return to the US.

Afghanistan held elections on August 20 but the final result is yet to be announced as ballots are audited and re-counted amid allegations of ballot-stuffing, mostly directed at supporters of President Hamid Karzai.

Bureau Report


First Published: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 16:12


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