UN secretary-general arrives in Afghanistan
The U.N. says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Afghanistan for meetings with President Hamid Karzai and his former challenger, AP reported.
The visit comes after a deadly attack on a U.N. guest house and as international diplomats are driving for a quick resolution to the country's troubled election. The Aug. 20 ballot was marred by fraud.
The president's top challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out Sunday from a runoff vote, effectively handing Karzai a victory.
It is still unclear if the vote will go forward Saturday. The United Nations said in a statement that Ban will meet with the two parties "to assure them and the Afghan people of the continuing support of the United Nations toward the development of the country."