September 20, 2011

Kerry Condemns Assassination of the Head of Afghan Peace Council

Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today reacted to news of the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who played a pivotal role in trying to help broker peace:

“Former President Burhanuddin Rabbani’s assassination is a great setback for the cause of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. I extend my condolences to President Rabbani’s family and to all those killed and injured in today’s cowardly attack in Kabul,” said Chairman Kerry. “Former President Rabbani was a historic figure who fought the Taliban in the 1990s and who continued to work for peace and stability as the head of the High Peace Council. Afghanistan’s enemies want to use his death along with other previous attacks to destabilize the region. We cannot let that happen. Too much is at stake for the people of Afghanistan and the country’s future.”

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