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Thread: Irish official made 'persona non grata' by Kabul - why?

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    Anyone know the background to the expulsion of an Irish official from Afghanistan described in this BBC report? Is the official a scapegoat for some row higher up the line?

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    Two high-ranking officials from the European Union and the United Nations - one British, the other Irish - have been ordered to leave Afghanistan. The two men, based in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, had been holding meetings with different tribes and groups, including possibly the Taleban.

    The Afghan government has given them 48 hours to leave and the UN has said that it will comply with the request. But officials hope to resolve what they have called a misunderstanding.

    "We are currently trying to clarify the situation with the Afghan authorities, and we are hopeful that our staff member and the UN can continue with the essential work that is required to deliver peace, stability and progress to the people of Helmand province," said UN spokesman Aleem Siddique.

    Homayun Hamidzada, spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said: "The foreign nationals have been declared persona non grata and their Afghan colleagues have been arrested and are being investigated."

    He said they had been "involved in some activities that were not their jobs".

    Alastair Leithead, BBC correspondent in Kabul, says the two, one of whom was acting head of the EU mission in Afghanistan, spoke to a lot of different groups across the country. He says their role was to try to find out what was happening "on the ground" with tribal elders, government representatives and non-government representatives.

    Officials have stressed these discussions should not be interpreted as support for the Taleban. Our correspondent says people are describing the situation as a storm in a teacup which has been taken much further than expected. Intense diplomacy is continuing to try and resolve the situation, he adds.

    Helmand province, where the two men were based, is the heart of Afghanistan's drug-producing region, and the EU and UN have been playing a major role in the eradication programme. Analysts say the poppy industry has been a primary reason for the Taleban's resurgence in the south of the country.
    'To attempt to rerun a referendum as a means of reversing the democratic decision taken by the people would be rightly regarded as an affront'. Dick Roche TD 21.12.01

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    I heard on BBC news that they talked to the Taleban, which has been banned by Karzai's govt.
    What part of NO don't EU understand?

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    Thanks for that - as a reason it seems odd though given the need to talk to the Taleban at some point in order to stop the fighting in Helmand. I see on the Telegraph site that the second man being expelled is from Northern Ireland, though he is on a British passport.
    'To attempt to rerun a referendum as a means of reversing the democratic decision taken by the people would be rightly regarded as an affront'. Dick Roche TD 21.12.01

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    Its Taliban btw.. surely?
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    'The Taliban (Pashto: طالبان ṭālibān, also anglicized as Taleban)' .... says wikipedia
    'To attempt to rerun a referendum as a means of reversing the democratic decision taken by the people would be rightly regarded as an affront'. Dick Roche TD 21.12.01

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    Is this alleged Irishman in the service of the Irish Government or a tool of a foreign nations government???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helium Three
    Thanks for that - as a reason it seems odd though given the need to talk to the Taleban at some point in order to stop the fighting in Helmand.
    Why don't you have the courtesy to support keeping your big nose out of other countries' business? You've got some cheek, squatting in your post-Christmas stupor, to be telling other countries how they should conduct their affairs.
    This Irishman should have his ass kicked from Kandahar to Kinsale.

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    [quote=kim chi]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Helium Three":4am994rv
    Thanks for that - as a reason it seems odd though given the need to talk to the Taleban at some point in order to stop the fighting in Helmand.
    Why don't you have the courtesy to support keeping your big nose out of other countries' business? You've got some cheek, squatting in your post-Christmas stupor, to be telling other countries how they should conduct their affairs.
    This Irishman should have his ass kicked from Kandahar to Kinsale.[/quote:4am994rv]

    Before other countries stuck their noses into Afghanistan's business, it was ruled by an Islamist regime so extreme Hezbollah have criticised them.

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    I see the hand of America in this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helium Three
    Thanks for that - as a reason it seems odd though given the need to talk to the Taleban at some point in order to stop the fighting in Helmand. I see on the Telegraph site that the second man being expelled is from Northern Ireland, though he is on a British passport.
    Are you alleging another example of cross-border co-operation ?
    I think paisley should be told !

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