U.N. Envoy ‘Worried’ About Afghanistan
Posted on Jan 6, 2010
His term as the United Nations’ official envoy to Afghanistan is up in March, and in his last address to the world body Kai Eide didn’t sound especially optimistic about the state of the country. In fact, Eide said Wednesday, if certain “negative trends” he sees at work “are not reversed,” the situation in Afghanistan could “become unmanageable.” —KA
Mr Eide told the UN that “negative trends” included growing impatience among the public both inside and outside Afghanistan.
“I am worried about increasing frustration in the Afghan public over what they see as expectations that have not been met.
“And I’m worried about the difficulties of the international and Afghan forces in putting the insurgency on the defensive.
“If these negative trends are not reversed - and reversed soon - then there is a risk that they will… become unmanageable.”
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Kai Eide, the U.N.’s outgoing envoy to Afghanistan.