Rabbani cannot simply resume role: Masood

Afghanistan's former president Burhanuddin Rabbani cannot simply reoccupy his old position as the country's ruler, the Northern Alliance's representative in London has said.

Afghanistan's former president Burhanuddin Rabbani cannot simply reoccupy his old position as the country's ruler, the Northern Alliance's representative in London has said.

Ahmed Wali Masood, the charge d'affaires at Embassy for Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in London, on Thursday said Rabbani would be no more than a part of the transitional government, due to be created under the auspices of the UN.

Remarks attributed to Rabbani, who was Afghanistan's president until the Taliban ousted him in 1996, by Italian newspaper Corriere Della Serra earlier this month suggested he rejected the UN' plans for a broad-based multiethnic government and wanted to be President again.

“I see no need for such a government. Afghanistan already has a government and I am its President,” he was quoted as saying.

But Masood insisted the Northern Alliance, which he referred to as united front, would not accept such an option. He is there, but there is a council of the united front, the deciding body, and they have decided, they have committed themselves to go along with the United Nations peace programme and to eventually see a provisional government established
inside Afghanistan and see the future, Masood said in an interview.

Bureau Report

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