Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Kofi Annan sees problems in Afghanistan

U.N. Secretary General said the recent riots in Afghanistan revealed "deeper problems" in that country that need to be addressed.

The riots sparked by a U.S. military vehicle crash in Kabul were the worse in years with at least 20 killed and 160 injured. Major international aid offices were attacked by the rioters who chanted anti-American slogans. Major unrest was also reported in other parts of the country.

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. AFP file photo from Yahoo News.

According to a U.S. military official, the crash resulted due to brake failure, and the soldiers in the vehicle fired their weapons to defend themselves from a hostile crowd.

"We have an insecure situation in parts of the country, we have the question of drug cultivation and production, we have the need to strengthen security forces and national institutions," Annan said.

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