European Union ‘will not interfere’ in Ghani-Noor saga

The European Union will not interfere in the domestic matters of Afghanistan including the recent tension between the Presidential Palace and Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, the European Union Ambassador in Afghanistan, Pierre Mayaudon, said.

The relations between Jamiat-e-Islami and Presidential Palace strained following President Ashraf Ghani’s decision to accept the resignation of Atta Mohammad Noor as Balkh governor at least 10 days ago.

“We deplore any internal crisis in Afghanistan, especially in the current context where all forces should be united to bring the country and accompany the country towards stability, peace and prosperity,” the European Union ambassador said in an interview with TOLOnews this week.

In response to the European Union’s stance on the rift between President Ashraf Ghani and Atta Mohammad Noor, the ambassador said: “What you are referring to is typically a domestic issue on which the European Union has no say. When we have a say, as a partner and friend of Afghanistan, is that we consider that this domestic matter should be handled by both parties involved.”

He said the matter should be solved through negotiations and that “at all cost violence should be avoided”.

“That is perfect. They said what exactly we are doing. No interference no intervention. We are just encouraging the parties to find solution through dialogue. This is not interference,” he said in response to Jamiat’s call on the international community to avoid interference in the Ghani-Noor saga.

Mr. Mayaudon said peace is the only way to end the crisis in Afghanistan.

“One of the defining parameters for political trajectory of Afghanistan will be the peace process… Nothing significant will happen until and unless peace becomes a reality in your country (Afghanistan),” he said.

On December 18, President Ashraf Ghani said in statement that he has approved the resignation of Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor. The statement said that the president has appointed Engineer Mohammad Dawood as the new governor for the province.

Later in the day, Atta Mohammad Noor, who is also the CEO of Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, rejected the decision and said he will remain in his post as Balkh governor.

On Thursday, Zabi Fetrat, a spokesman for Jamiat-e-Islami said government has called for talks with Jamiat to resolve tension between the two sides.

However, Noor’s close aides have warned that they will not allow government to implement its order and dismiss Noor until a political settlement has been reached.

The Presidential Palace so far has not commented on possible talks with Jamiat. But a source within government has said the decision about the dismissal of Noor is final and that engineer Mohammad Dawood will be the new governor.

Source Tolonews

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