Statement Attributable to the Spokesman of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Akhtar Brahmi yesterday addressed the launch of the public consultation on the constitution. There he spoke about the explosion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) bus.

He asked me to convey to you that he is shocked at the news of the bomb attack against an ISAF bus yesterday here in Kabul. He wishes prompt recovery for the German military and Afghans injured and expresses his most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

Germany, the current co-leader of ISAF, has had very, very close, fruitful and uninterrupted cooperation with Afghanistan for well over one hundred years. Over this period there has never been any problem between Germany and Afghanistan.

Today Germany is again one of the closest supporters, one of the most committed supporters of the reconstruction of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. People who attacked the ISAF bus transporting German military cannot be friends of Afghanistan. If they are Afghans, they cannot be patriotic Afghans.

All of us in the international community who are committed to supporting Afghanistan will continue to do so and the Special Representatives absolutely convinced that Afghanistan with the support of their friends will overcome these anti-Afghan forces that are still out there intention destroying the peace process.

In honor of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s attack, UN flags in all UN offices throughout Afghanistan have been at half-mast since yesterday.