"Significant progress" made in Afghanistan

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Nicholas Haysom , UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for AfghanistanPhoto: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

Significant progress has been made in Afghanistan since the country embarked on a peaceful political transition according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country.

Last September, the two candidates to the Afghan presidency signed an agreement to form a National Unity Government, where Ashraf Ghani would be President, and Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer.

Briefing the Security Council on Thursday, Nicholas Haysom said while the electoral process was prolonged and challenging, the result is a leadership that is legitimate, freshly mandated and broadly supported.

“The agreement between the two candidates ended a political crisis that, if unresolved, would have at best left the country divided and at worst, could have reignited past cycles of conflicts. President Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah recognized that this  moment called for genuine statesmanship and they themselves suggested that the choice they faced was to swim together or to sink separately.”  (26″)

Meanwhile, fighting continues between the Afghan government and extremist groups like the Taliban, which this year resulted in an increase by 19 per cent of civilian deaths.

The UN Mission in the country, UNAMA has been engaging with the Taliban on the critical issue of human rights.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’20″

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