UN envoy arrives in Pakistan as Afghan election crisis deepens

UN envoy arrives in Pakistan as Afghan election crisis deepens
# 27 August 2014 17:52 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Kabul-based UN special envoy arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to discuss the election crisis in Afghanistan, officials said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Political crisis in Afghanistan deepens after presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's observers pulled out of the election audit on UN's request after Abdullah Abdullah's camp warned to withdraw from the audit process.

The election audit remained suspended on Wednesday due to the absence of Abdullah's observer in the premises of the election commission.

The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Jan Kubis met the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security, Sartaj Aziz, and "updated the Adviser on the UN 's role with regard to the electoral process and political transition" in Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Pakistani adviser underscored his country's support for a peaceful and democratic transition in Afghanistan, including through completion of the remaining steps in the electoral process in a timely manner and fulfillment of the commitments made by the two presidential candidates.

"He reiterated the hope that Afghanistan would emerge stronger and more unified at the culmination of this process," a Foreign Ministry statement said.

UN sources said Jan Kubis will hold more meetings during his stay in Islamabad on Thursday.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED