Controversy

Afghanistan to World: Back Off

Afghanistan's foreign ministry has accused the United Nations of illegally meddling in the country's internal affairs by suggested that the newly reelected Hamid Karzai should appoint ministers who will ease the country's corruption. The Afghan government issued a sharp statement saying that the U.N.'s stated wishes "have violated respect for Afghanistan's national sovereignty." The statement also seemed to be pointed at British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama, both of whom have been outspoken in recent days about the problem of corruption in Afghanistan.