Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — The top United Nations official in Afghanistan, under criticism that he was not being tough enough with President Hamid Karzai over corruption, will not seek reappointment when his contract expires in March, the U.N. said Friday.
Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide is following through on his previous intention to leave when his two-year contract is finished, U.N. spokesman Dan McNorton said.
"This is not a question of resigning," he said. "Kai Eide is sticking to the timetable."
McNorton said the decision was unrelated to the public clash between Eide and Peter Galbraith, his U.S. deputy. Galbraith, who was fired in September, accused Eide of not doing enough to publicize fraud in the Aug. 20 presidential election.
Eide, 60, also reportedly had clashed with U.S. special envoy Richard C. Holbrooke over whether a "special representative" should be named to work with Karzai on fighting corruption.