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150 legislators lend weight to Eide, assail Galbraith.

As many as 150 members of parliament unanimously passed a resolution voicing their support to UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Afghanistan Kai Eide.

The resolution addressed to UN chief Ban Ki Moon was read out to journalists by Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) member Moeen Mrastyal.

During the last eight years, the letter said, Kai Eide had been one of the UN envoys acceptable both to the Afghan people and the UN chief.

"Eide has always done his bit to resolve problems between Afghanistan and the international community." The letter alleged Eide's deputy, Peter Galbraith, had failed to pursue his political agenda due to the presence of the Norwegian diplomat.

Frustrated by his failure, the Galbraith instigated some Afghan groups against Eide, the resolution said. Lawmaker Mohammad Noor Akbari accused Galbraith of seeking to include 'foreign puppets' in the new Afghan government.

But Ahmad Behzad, an MP from Herat, insisted UNAMA's deputy head -- fired earlier in the month -- wanted to unmask the Eide's partiality during the presidential polls in favour of a candidate. He deplored the passing of the resolution.

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Publication:Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Date:Oct 12, 2009
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