UN Urges End To Senseless Violence In Afghanistam
Citing civilian deaths, UN urges end to ‘senseless’ violence in Afghanistan
13 November 2008 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has unequivocally condemned three recent attacks that have resulted in numerous civilian deaths and injuries, and called for an end to the “senseless” violence that is plaguing the country.
“Over the past 24 hours Afghanistan has seen three attacks in which civilians have been the principal victims,” the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative Chris Alexander said in a statement issued today in Kabul.
“UNAMA condemns these acts unequivocally. Those responsible have violated the fundamental right of Afghans to life and security of person,” he added.
Mr. Alexander called yesterday’s incident in the volatile southern province of Kandahar in which acid was used to attack girl students on their way to school “a hideous crime, which has appalled people inside Afghanistan and around the world.”
Not only does it represent a grave violation of Afghan law and tradition and international human rights conventions, he noted, but it is also contrary to previous assurances Afghans have been given that there would not be further attacks against schools or students.
Also on Wednesday, there was a large explosion in Kandahar which resulted in the death of civilians and injuries to members of the Provincial Council and many others.
In addition, an attack today in a crowded market area in the country’s eastern Nangarhar province wrought enormous suffering. Media reports say at least 18 civilians were killed in the suicide car bombing.
“Insurgent and anti-government groups bear responsibility for ensuring civilians are kept out of harm’s way – one for which flagrant disregard has been shown in these cases,” stated Mr. Alexander.
“We call for an end to this cycle of senseless violence.”