Afghanistan: Security Council debate on security and humanitarian situation

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The Security Council met Wednesday to consider the report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Afghanistan.

The report is cautiously optimistic about the future of the country, especially as countries withdraw their military forces and foreign aid dries up. It warns that serious difficulties could arise and should not be underestimated.

According to the report, barriers to stability remain numerous, including the insurgency, impunity, corruption, crime and an increase in the production and trafficking of drugs such as opium.

 The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, presented the report to the Council.

"2011 marked the fifth consecutive year of increasing civilian casualties; less incidents, but more civilian casualties and this is simply not acceptable. So we must continue to urge all parties to the conflict to increase their efforts to protect those civilians and call for individuals responsible to be held accountable."

 Duration: 26"

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