Return to "normal development agenda" in Afghanistan

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Jan Kubiš, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has the opportunity to focus on a normal development agenda following many years of instability according to the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA).

Ján Kubiš, told a meeting on Wednesday, that there have been dramatic improvements in the lives of the Afghan people.

Education and health as well as infrastructure have all improved, he said

"Afghanistan's economy has been distorted by years of war and over the last decade by the sheer scale of the international intervention. There is now the opportunity to return to a more normal development agenda."

However, the top UN envoy in Afghanistan pointed out that the country  is facing challenges such as lower than expected government revenues, massive security expenditure and rising costs.

Mr Kubiš stressed that the international community, including the United Nations "remains resolute in its long-term support for Afghanistan."

NATO led forces are scheduled to withdraw from the country at the end of this year.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1'05"

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