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United Nations Flees From Afghanistan

From the Agence France-Pressee:

United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide speaks during a news conference in Kabul November 5, 2009.

UN in Afghanistan to evacuate 600 foreign staff

by Waheedullah Massoud

KABUL (AFP) – The United Nations announced Thursday it will evacuate more than half its international staff based in Afghanistan after a deadly Taliban attack on a guesthouse for UN workers.

But the UN said it had no intention of abandoning Afghanistan, where 100,000 US-led foreign troops are battling a bloody insurgency eight years after the extremist Taliban regime was driven from power.

About 600 expatriate staff, from a total of 1,100 foreigners, will be temporarily relocated either within Afghanistan or abroad, UN spokesman Dan McNorton told AFP.

There was no immediate breakdown of the numbers, but McNorton said the vast majority would be leaving the country on a temporary basis.

"The only people who will remain are regarded as essential staff. This is to ensure the safety of all our staff in Afghanistan," he said, adding the evacuations would begin immediately.

The UN has about 5,600 employees in Afghanistan, about 80 percent of whom are Afghans, and the relocations will affect around 12 percent of the total deployment.

The decision would be reviewed regularly and was likely to be effective for "a number of weeks while additional security is being put in place," McNorton said. Related article: Iraq model for Afghanistan

In a statement, the UN said it was "fully committed to helping all of Afghanistan’s people, as it has been for more than half a century".

"Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to our activities while these additional security steps are being taken," it said.

The move comes eight days after Taliban gunmen stormed a Kabul hostel in a dawn attack that killed five UN workers.

The head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide, denied the evacuation amounted to a withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"We are not pulling out and will not pull out," he told reporters…

Just as we foretold. Not that it takes a Nostradamus. The United Nations always runs from the slightest danger.

That’s what makes them such great ‘peace keepers.’

That’s why would should pump billions into the organization.

In a statement, the UN said it was "fully committed to helping all of Afghanistan’s people, as it has been for more than half a century".

They have no shame.

"We are not pulling out and will not pull out," [Kai Eide] told reporters.

It is to laugh.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “United Nations Flees From Afghanistan”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    4 Sale: 1 UN Peacekeeper M16A2 Rifle. Never fired. Dropped once.

  2. canary says:

    Why is Obama being so quiet the last couple of days. Jet lag?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    The mouse that roared!


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