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Norwegian aid organization: ‘No Afghan pullout, just changes’. The Norwegian Refugee Council says it has altered security procedures for its employees following last Friday’s fatal attack on a UN building in Mazar-i-Sharif. “We have placed restrictions on personnel movements for a certain period and had to make some alternative security arrangements, but we can confirm there is no change to the ways, areas, or programs we operate,” Rolf Vestvik, Director of Communications at the NRC, tells The Foreigner. There has been widespread censure of the assault on the building, which left seven dead.

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Norwegian aid organization: ‘No Afghan pullout, just changes’

Published on Monday, 4th April, 2011 at 15:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th April 2011 at 09:12.

The Norwegian Refugee Council says it has altered security procedures for its employees following last Friday’s fatal attack on a UN building in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Attack on regional office
Attack on regional office
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“We have placed restrictions on personnel movements for a certain period and had to make some alternative security arrangements, but we can confirm there is no change to the ways, areas, or programs we operate,” Rolf Vestvik, Director of Communications at the NRC, tells The Foreigner.

There has been widespread censure of the assault on the building, which left seven dead.

Yesterday, Staffan Di Mistura, The UN’s Chief Envoy to Afghanistan, condemned US pastor Terry Jones’ actions, which sparked off the riot, saying, “I don't think we should be blaming any Afghan. We should be blaming the person who produced the news - the one who burned the Koran. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from offending culture, religion, traditions.”

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre has since strongly distanced himself from the remarks and has “encouraged Mr Di Mistura to correct his statements as they now stand,” NTB reports.

The NRC has been operating in Afghanistan since 2003, with offices in Kabul, Jalalabad, Mazar-i-Sharif, Maimana, Kunduz, Sari Pul, and Herat. It also has over 60 years experience of operating in conflict-ridden and war-torn countries.

Whilst in no way diminishing the events of Friday’s attack, Mr Vestvik tells The Foreigner they are not surprised.

“Afghanistan is very turbulent and what happened did not come as a shock. Everyone has to be prepared for these things, which are, unfortunately, something that happen.”

He says the NRC has sent its condolences to the UN.

“We are grieved about what happened and very sorry for the loss of life.”



Published on Monday, 4th April, 2011 at 15:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th April 2011 at 09:12.

This post has the following tags: norwegianrefugeecouncil, mazar-i-sharif, talibanattack, un, deadnorwegiansoldier, terryjoneskoranburning, jonasgahrstoere.





  
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