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Ambassador Erfani responds to address of the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, at the OSCE

Ambassador Erfani responds to address of the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, at the OSCE

Credit: Micky Kroell, OSCE

Credit: Micky Kroell, OSCE

Vienna, 30.04.2014     On April 30 at the 998th Permanent Council meeting of the OSCE, Ambassador Erfani sat on the head table panel of the OSCE with H.E. Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA, who gave a presentation on the ongoing elections in Afghanistan. Ambassador Erfani responded to his address, thanking Mr. Kubiš for the continued support he has shown to the Afghan Government and people, and for the reassuring words of his presentation. Ambassador Erfani followed by giving a brief update on the elections in Afghanistan, which have been marked as a milestone in Afghanistan’s history.

 

Ambassador emphasized that the new government will continue the successful path into the Decade of Transformation (2015-2024) and that the achievements in areas, such as: Women’s rights; Education; Media and Civil Society; Governance and democratization; Security; Foreign policy; Economy; Infrastructure; Repatriation of refugees; and Health, demonstrated the Afghan peoples’ determination to achieve a successful, stable and democratic nation. H.E. Kubiš concurred: “The Afghan people once again proved all the sceptics wrong,” he said. “You must witness a situation like this to believe in the stamina, in the courage, in the endurance of the Afghan people.” he said.

 

Ambassador Erfani stated that the elections may head to a second round. He expressed:  “Regardless of the outcome, the Afghan people already consider the 2014 elections as a national treasure, demonstrating the will of the people to overcome all obstacles in support of a democratic and peaceful Afghanistan. The newly elected President of Afghanistan will take office based on 1) the constitution 2) the results of the elections and 3) the free will of the Afghan people.” Ambassador Erfani reiterated that the new Government, whichever it may be will consolidate Afghanistan’s strategic partnership with the International Community; will enhance regional co-operation and will build on recent achievements, based on thirteen years of experience and will lead Afghanistan to a better future, where all Afghans can enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms. He concluded: “I wish to assure the International Community of Afghanistan’s commitment to emerge from this transition as a healthy member of our global family.”

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