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Remarks With Head of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Jan Kubis Before Their Meeting

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Kabul, Afghanistan
July 11, 2014


SECRETARY KERRY: I want to thank the UN for the tremendous job that they’ve been doing. And obviously, we are at a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan. The election legitimacy hangs in the balance. The future potential of a transition hangs in the balance, so we have a lot of work to do. Our hopes are that there is a road that can be found that will provide that capacity for the questions to be answered, for people’s doubts to be satisfied, and hopefully for a future to be defined. But I can’t tell you that that’s an automatic at this point. And so Jan Kubis has been pushing hard. I look forward to hearing from him where he thinks we are and where we go from here.

MR. KUBIS: Secretary, the only thing that I can say: That we will do our best as the UN (inaudible) here to help the parties to help Afghanistan to get out of this crisis and to lead a – finalize and complete the political transition in the right time and in a way that will strengthen the stability and unity of the country, and not the other way around. It is not an easy task, but we are doing our best. And this is the way, also, for the future.

Thank you very much.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you all. Thank you very much.


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