08 August 2012- Deputy UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom visited Kunduz where he engaged the Governor, Mohammad Anwar Jegdalak, and well other groups on political and security concerns in that province.
Of primary concern was the Security Transition, the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program and the coming election.
“The biggest challenges facing Afghanistan now is how it is going to experience the transition both the security transition and the political transition,” said Mr. Haysom in his meeting with Kunduz elders.
“If the election goes badly it seems to us, it may provoke the crises,” said Mr. Haysom
Haji Aman Utmanzai, a member of High Peace Council, believes the UN can play an impartial vital role in these processes.
“The UN is our hope and we have a lot of expectations from the UN,” Utmanzai added.
At these meetings officials expressed some of their ideas for and anxieties about Afghanistan’s future.
“Afghans is capable of the securing their country if the terrorists entering from other countries can be stopped,” said Governor Jegdalak.
Ms, Muslima Waliji, a member of Kunduz Provincial Peace Committee, raised a concern of women regarding the possibility that Afghan women might lose some of their hard-won gains after 2014.
“We want the UN to continue supporting Women and not to stop advocating for them,” said Ms. Waliji.
Asadulla Omerkhil the chairman of Kunduz Provincial Peace Committee said that the the international community should stay true to their promise to defeat Al-Qaeda and terrorism and should not leave Afghanistan too early.