UN chief calls for coordinated support of Afghanistan's international partners

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The United Nations Secretary-General has stressed the importance of coordinated international support for the peaceful and stable future of Afghanistan.

Ban Ki-moon's message was delivered by the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs to the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at a meeting in Wales on Thursday.

Afghanistan is going through the auditing of votes from the 14 June presidential run-off election.

The exercise is aimed at resolving a dispute which followed the announcement of the preliminary results by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in July.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more.

"In his message to the NATO meeting on Afghanistan today, the Secretary-General said that the coordinated support of Afghanistan's international partners is vital to the country's peaceful and stable future. He added that Afghanistan and NATO members can continue to count on the support of the UN. Noting that the ongoing electoral audit will likely be concluded in the days ahead, the Secretary-General highlighted the need for a political transition consistent with the will of the Afghan community."(22")

The Secretary-General said a transition with an outcome accepted by the presidential candidates and the electorate in Afghanistan is essential.

He added that this will allow the new leadership to tackle the country's challenges.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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