Federal Minister Westerwelle shocked by assassination of former Afghan President Rabbani

20.09.2011 - Press release

With regard to the assassination of former Afghan President Rabbani, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement today (20 September) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York:

“I was profoundly shocked by the assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani in a bomb attack in Kabul.
The head of the High Peace Council and former President advocated a peaceful, political solution in Afghanistan. He did everything he could to overcome the deep divisions of violence and hatred and to highlight the future rather than the past. Now he has paid for this with his life.
This was an act committed by forces which aim at war and violence instead of peace and hope. I am deeply convinced that those behind this heinous murder will not succeed in breaking the will of the Afghan people to achieve peace.
In this difficult hour, Germany and the international community stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan. We will continue to stand by and support our Afghan partners on the way to reconciliation and a peaceful future.”

President Karzai established the High Peace Council by decree on 29 June 2010. It was commissioned to launch a dialogue with the leadership of the rebels within the framework of the Peace and Reintegration Programme and to involve all political and ethnic groups in the peace efforts.

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