Deadlock over Afghanistan administration deepens crisis: UN envoy

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A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as Ján Kubiš briefs the Council via video conference.UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The deadlock over the formation of an Afghan government of national unity has deepened the crisis in the country.

That's what Ján Kubiš, the outgoing UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan, told members of the Security Council on Thursday.

A political impasse arose after the heavily disputed June presidential elections which were meant to pave the way for the first-ever democratic transfer of power.

The two Afghan presidential candidates had previously agreed to the concept of such an administration and to abide by the election results.

But, the Special Envoy noted, agreeing the modalities of such an administration has proven more difficult.

"Final sticking points include how best to communicate results when supporters on both sides genuinely believe that it was their candidate who won and who will accept no other result, regardless of the audit. If there is not agreement by the time of the certification of results, new dynamics will be set in play with the potential to trigger further uncertainty even the risk of conflict."

A legitimate, broadly accepted political transition is necessary in helping to tackle the country's many challenges including a rapidly growing insurgency, a looming cash crunch and an expanding "narcotics" economy.

A UN-supervised audit of votes cast during the presidential election run-off is being carried out by the Independent Election Commission (IEC).

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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