UN declares Afghanistan's polls credible, legitimate
The U.N. General Assembly declared that Afghanistan's presidential election was both credible and legitimate.
The U.N. General Assembly declared on Monday that Afghanistan's presidential election was both credible and legitimate.
In an adopted resolution, the 192-nation assembly also urged the government of re-elected Afghan President Hamid Karzai to press ahead with "strengthening of the rule of law and democratic processes, the fight against corruption (and) the acceleration of justice sector reform."
The fraud reported during the election and his chief rival's refusal to contest a run-off have damaged Karzai's credibility at the start of his second term. But the U.N. assembly raised no doubts about Karzai's mandate or his right to continue leading the country.
The resolution welcomed "the efforts of the relevant institutions to address irregularities identified by the electoral institutions in Afghanistan and to ensure a credible and legitimate process in accordance with the Afghan Election Law and in the framework of the Afghan Constitution."
Afghanistan's U.N. Ambassador Zahir Tanin said that his nation and government were "deeply grateful" for the assembly's vote of confidence. He acknowledged there were problems with the vote but added that no elections are perfect.
"They are even less perfect in an emerging democracy threatened by conflict," he told the assembly.
"Complaints and irregularities were uncovered and addressed in a meticulously fair and systematic way," Tanin said. "The elections were as free as possible, as fair as possible, and as transparent as possible."
The first international "compact" with Afghanistan was agreed at a conference in London in 2006. That pact called for "good governance" in Afghanistan and other commitments on both sides, many of which remain unfulfilled.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week that a U.N. Afghanistan conference would likely take place in early 2010.
Reuters Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Kasım 2009, 01:44