Saturday, January 9, 2010
The Taliban have criticized the United Nations chief for making what they call a 'false statement' on civilian casualties in Afghanistan.
The criticism comes a day after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attributed most of the civilian casualties of last year to the Taliban.
"Last year, about three times as many civilian deaths were attributed to anti-government elements as to pro-government forces," Ban told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
"Most resulted from suicide attacks and improvised explosive devices used by anti-government elements," the secretary general added.
A US monitoring group said on Thursday that the militant group rejected the accusations and blamed NATO forces and their allies for the carnage.
The Taliban said that the US Defense Department may have pushed Ban to make the statement to create animosity between local populations.
The Taliban have reportedly warned the UN chief that partial judgment and blind support of one side could harm his credibility.