U.N. and EU officials asked to leave Afghanistan

A “detrimental” U.N. official was asked to leave Afghanistan by the Afghan government.

The U.N. employee had traveled to the volatile southern province of Helmand on Monday along with a member of the European Commission, according to Aleem Siddique, a spokesman for the U.N. mission.

A U.N. employee and an EU employee were asked to leave the country, other officials said.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) was established on 28th March, 2002 by UN Security Council resolution 1401. Its original mandate was to support the Bonn Agreement (December 2001); reviewed annually, this mandate has been altered over time to reflect the needs of the country and was recently extended until 23rd March 2008 by resolution 1746.

UNAMA’s mandate currently has the following elements: providing political and strategic advice for the peace process; providing good offices; helping the government to implement the Afghanistan Compact. The Afghanistan National Development Strategy and the National Drugs Control Strategy; promoting human rights; providing technical assistance; and continuing to manage and coordinate all UN-led humanitarian relief, recovery, reconstruction and development activates in Afghanistan. These were endorsed by the UN Security Council in resolution 1662

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