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Rabbini's death: A blow to peace, says Christian Aid

September 20 2011 - Christian Aid today said the killing of Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani raised grave doubts about the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

The murder of the country’s top peace negotiator highlighted the weakness of the government, and the fragmentation of the Taliban leadership, with some elements of the movement determined to jeopardise peace talks planned in Bonn later this year.

Christian Aid urges the British government and the international community not to abandon the progress made in the last ten years in Afghanistan and to support the Afghan government in ensuring that the peace process protects the rights of ordinary Afghans.

Serena di Matteo, Christian Aid’s Afghanistan country director, said: ‘The basic human rights of 30 million Afghans are in danger of being forgotten in the scramble for power.

‘The murder of Professor Rabbani is a major set back for hopes of peace in the country. Those who want peace and prosperity for Afghanistan must redouble their commitment to bring that about.’

If you would like further information or to arrange an interview please contact Jo Rogers on jrogers@christian-aid.org or 020 7523 2460. 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950

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