James Bone The Times Oct. 1, 2009
The top American in the UN mission in Afghanistan was fired yesterday after refusing to take part in what he called “a cover-up” of fraud in the Afghan election.
Peter Galbraith, the son of the late economist John Kenneth Galbraith, left the country abruptly last month after a clash with his Norwegian boss, Kai Eide.
……”I think it’s astonishing that the United Nations would dismiss an official because he was concerned about fraud in a UN-funded and UN-supported election,” Mr Galbraith told The Times yesterday from his farmhouse in Vermont.
“I want to emphasise that my position was not for or against any candidate. It was simply that the votes should be honestly counted.
“I was not prepared to be complicit in a cover-up or in an effort to downplay the fraud that took place. I felt we had to face squarely the fraud that took place. Kai downplayed the fraud.”
The row between Mr Galbraith and Mr Eide goes to the core of international strategy in Afghanistan and has split the UN mission there. Sources said five members of the UN mission in Afghanistan had offered their resignation in support of Mr Galbraith