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UN chief urges Afghan candidates to conclude unity government deal
KABUL: United Nation secretary general Ban ki-Moon urges Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to conclude an agreement on a government of national unity in accordance with the commitments they reached on 12 July.
The Secretary-General said that Afghanistan was passing critical period, and that genuine partnership was required to tackle the challenges faced by Afghanistan at the moment. Both parties share a real responsibility to guide Afghanistan to a peaceful and more prosperous future. Given the scale of the challenges, this can only be done jointly.
The Secretary-General noted that in the 12 July agreement, reached with the support of US Secretary of State John Kerry, and their signed communiqué of 8 August, the two candidates agreed to accept the result of a comprehensive nationwide audit of the presidential election run-off results and form a government of national unity.
With the main audit completed on 4 September and the announcement of updated results anticipated shortly, the Secretary-General expected that the candidates will now abide by their commitments to enable Afghanistan’s first ever peaceful transfer of power. (Pajhwok)

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