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UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Wednesday dismissed the top U.S. diplomat at the U.N. mission in Afghanistan after he quarreled with his European boss over the Afghan presidential election.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-Moon (bän kē-mn), 1944–, South Korean diplomat, secretary-general of the United Nations (2007–), b. Chungju, grad. Seoul National Univ. (B.S.  had decided to "recall" Peter Galbraith, deputy to U.N. special envoy Kai kai

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 Eide, and end his appointment, said a statement issued by Ban s press office.

Galbraith, a former U.S. ambassador to Croatia and ally of Richard Holbrooke Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (born April 24, 1941) is an American diplomat, magazine editor, author, Peace Corps official, and investment banker. He is also the only person to have held the Assistant Secretary of State position for two different regions of the world (Asia and , the outspoken U.S. point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan, angered his Norwegian boss with an aggressive and outspoken line on charges of fraud in the Aug. 20 election.

Ban thanked Galbraith "for his hard work and professional dedication" and recognized his "important contributions to the work of the (U.N.) mission" but made the decision in the best interest of the mission, the statement said.

Galbraith left Kabul two weeks ago after he and Eide quarreled. U.N. officials acknowledged the dispute at the time but played it down as a difference over "style," and said they expected Galbraith to return.

Speaking from his home in Vermont, Galbraith told Reuters that while he had expected to have to go, he was only formally notified on Wednesday when he called the United Nations after seeing it reported in the media.

"I find it extraordinary that the United Nations would dismiss an official because he was concerned about fraud in an election funded by the United Nations," Galbraith said.

"(The Afghan people) deserved to have their votes honestly counted and that is at the heart of this dispute," he said. "In the end, I felt I could not be complicit com·plic·it  
Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime; having complicity: newspapers complicit with the propaganda arm of a dictatorship.
 in the cover-up or downplay of fraud."

Galbraith said Afghan President Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai (Persian and Pashto: حامد کرزي) (b. December 24, 1957) is the current President of Afghanistan, since December 7, 2004. He became the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime.  did not appreciate him raising his concerns and that "the leader of the mission (Eide) was frankly unwilling to do anything that would upset his relationship with Karzai."

He said he would return to Kabul next month to "pack up and say goodbye," adding that while he had been friends with Eide for many years -- the pair sailed together and Eide introduced Galbraith to his wife -- their ties were "a bit strained."

The dispute has exposed divisions among Afghanistan s Western backers over how to deal with the presidential election, which was marred by allegations of widespread fraud and locked Afghanistan in a prolonged period of uncertainty. Holbrooke had a difficult meeting with Karzai after the election.

Preliminary results gave Karzai a 54.6 percent lead, but a U.N.-backed fraud watchdog has ordered an audit of results from 12 percent of polling stations where suspiciously large numbers of votes were cast or one candidate received 95 percent. The process could last until mid-October.

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 because of suspected fraud that he no longer has 50 percent, he must face his main rival, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, in a runoff Runoff

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Abdullah, who says fraud took place on a massive scale, expressed concern that Galbraith was pushed out for campaigning to prevent electoral fraud Electoral fraud is illegal interference with the process of an election. Acts of fraud tend to involve affecting vote counts to bring about a desired election outcome, whether by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, .

"If the firing of Mr. Galbraith was on some technical issue, I have no say in it. If the issue was based on the fact that he was for a vigorous look into the issue of fraud, in that case, I would say that he has been talking on behalf of the people of Afghanistan," Abdullah told reporters.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was chairing a U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday, told reporters the Galbraith affair was "a United Nations matter." Arsala Jamal, a Karzai campaign official, also called Galbraith s removal an internal U.N. issue.

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