Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sikorski calls Afghan politician ‘terrorist’

Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorski causes scandal in Afghan media after he accuses a local politician of being a murderer.

During his surprise visit to Kabul on Tuesday, after declaring Poland's help for the Afghan army to the tune of two million dollars, Sikorski was outspoken in his criticism concerning the deeds of Gulbuddin Hekmatiar.

Sikorski is certain that Hekmatiar is the person behind the death of his friend, British cameraman Andy Skrzypkowiak. At a press conference in Kabul, Sikorski expressed hope that he would eventually be brought to court to answer fro his crimes.

Hekmatiar's name features on the list of terrorists sought by the US. He is rumoured to have ties to Al-qaeda and the Taliban, with whom he has cooperated for several years now.

At the same time, however, his Hezb-e-Islami party is getting wider and wider support in the Afghan parliament. It is also common knowledge in Afghanistan, that, despite being a war criminal, Hekmatiar is conducting on-the-sly talks with President Hamid Karzai concerning a possible truce with the Taliban.

Sikorski is the first politician at top diplomatic level to condemn Hekmatiar in Afghanistan.