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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-26-07 02:56 PM
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3. Diplomatic row as Afghans expel European pair
Source: Reuters

Diplomatic row as Afghans expel European pair
Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:54pm GMT

By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL (Reuters) - A diplomatic row erupted on Wednesday
between Afghanistan and key aid partners after Kabul
declared "persona non grata" a Briton and an Irishman
working for the EU and the U.N., accusing them of
threatening state security by meeting Taliban insurgents.

With Afghan President Hamid Karzai away in neighbouring
Pakistan, a government official said acting European
Union mission head Michael Semple and senior United
Nations official Marvin Patterson had been expelled and
must leave by Thursday.

"It is the government's last decision. They are persona
non grata," the official told Reuters on condition of

Western diplomats in Kabul closed ranks and insisted
the row was merely a "misunderstanding", adding they
hoped the pair would only have to leave for a short


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