Deputy Secretary-General concludes mission to Afghanistan

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at a town hall meeting in Kabul. [Fardin Waezi / UNAMA]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has wrapped up a five-day mission to Afghanistan where he met with President Hamid Karzai and other senior authorities.

At a press conference in the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, Eliasson pledged continued UN support to the country as it prepares to enter what he described as "a new phase" in security and development following the withdrawal of international troops next year.

"My message to my Afghan colleagues and friends has been that the UN is prepared to stay in Afghanistan, whatever happens in the post-2014 period. We realize that we have a role here in several respects and we are prepared to accept that role in coordination, of course, with the Afghan government, Afghan institutions and the Afghan people, and also with the support which we think we'll have from the international community, both the Security Council and the development partners and others in the world community."

Afghanistan will also hold elections in 2014.

Eliasson told reporters an inclusive, transparent and credible vote is the only way for a democratic transition.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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