WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): In their separate messages, the US and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the European Union (EU) the other day condemned the terrorist attack and assassination bid on the presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, which claimed the lives of several innocent people.
“We condemn today’s attack against Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign event where he was also located,” the State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf, told reporters at her daily news conference.
The people of Afghanistan deserve democracy, which they’ll be exercising next week, not violence, she asserted. “We have also said that’s why we’ll continue with our presence there at a level we feel appropriate to help the Afghans increase their capacity themselves to fight this threat,” Harf said in response to a question.
“We’re hopeful that the second round will be transparent, inclusive, and credible…and believe that the security forces can work again with the electoral bodies, which they work with very closely to provide security, as they carry out this second round,” Harf said.
The Afghan security forces have probably learned a few lessons about security from the first round and can apply them to this one, she said.
Harf, however, refused to link any relationship between the attack on Dr Abdullah and the release of five Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center.
Separately, expressing their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and Government of Afghanistan, the UN Security Council in a statement wished the injured a speedy recovery.
Reiterating that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, members of the Security Council in a joint statement underlined their support for Afghanistan’s democratic processes.
Similarly, tThe European Union Special Representative in Afghanistan (EUSR) and Head of the European Union Delegation to Afghanistan, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin strongly condemned the attack against presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah's convoy, which took place in Kabul the other day.
Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin expresses his condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed in the attack and hopes for a fast recovery to those injured.
"The upcoming election is crucial for the future of Afghanistan. Despite violence and attempts to disrupt the electoral process it is essential that all Afghans will be able to exercise their fundamental democratic rights to choose their new leader," says Mellbin.