Leaders of Afghanistan urged to complete appointment of senior officials

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Nicholas Haysom. UN Photo/Mark Garten

A diverse and professional administration with strong female representation will be necessary to tackle the many challenges that lie ahead in Afghanistan.

That's what the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said during his briefing to the Security Council on Monday.

Nicholas Haysom called on political leaders in Afghanistan to conclude the process of appointing senior government officials.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The top UN in Afghanistan told the Security Council that since his last briefing a number of significant developments have brought renewed hope for an active peace process in the country.

Nicholas Haysom said the National Unity Government has started to take shape with the nomination and approval of a number of ministers.

Mr. Haysom added that Afghanistan and Pakistan have conducted an increasingly constructive dialogue focused on peace, trade and security.

He stressed the need for President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to continue their collaboration to advance peace talks, to help electoral reforms to take hold and to make changes necessary to reinvigorate the economy.

"To this effect, UNAMA once again urges political leaders to conclude the appointment process of senior Government officials. In particular, the Mission highlights the need to appoint senior judicial officials to strengthen recent efforts to reinforce the rule of law and to fight against corruption. UNAMA continues to stress that a diverse and professional administration with strong female representation will be necessary to tackle the many challenges that lie ahead." (27")

Nicholas Haysom also confirmed that UNAMA continues what he called "a frank dialogue with the Taliban on humanitarian access and on human rights, notably on protection of civilians".

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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