UN envoy arrives in Afghanistan to help with transition

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Jan Kubiš

The new United Nations envoy for Afghanistan has arrived in the capital Kabul at a time when the country is undergoing a period of transition.

Afghanistan has begun the transfer of security responsibilities from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force to Afghan forces, and assuming greater ownership of its development agenda.

Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, will lead the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

"I am looking forward to be here in this period of transition…to be a good partner of the government of Afghanistan, and a good partner of the people of Afghanistan.  And indeed I am looking forward to my work in this partnership when the country is moving into a new period of its development.  And the United Nations will stand by and is ready to help as much as it is able to do."

The UN has been in Afghanistan for more than half a century.

Duration: 36″

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