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As the first year after the end of the transition comes to a close in Afghanistan, the Head of the UN Mission, Nicholas Haysom, told the Security Council that there is “no viable alternative to the National Unity Government.” UNIFEED-UNTV

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DATELINE: 21 DECEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

21 DECEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council vote
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“The National Unity Government, itself the product of political crisis, inherited a weakening economy, an empty treasury, and a war that it needed to fight with decreasing levels of international military assistance.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“The United Nations maintains its view that that there is no viable alternative to the National Unity Government, a point that encouragingly much of the Afghan political opposition also appears to recognize, as evidenced at the gathering of political critics that took place in Kabul just three days ago.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA):
“Afghanistan, as a sovereign nation confronting countless challenges, has made through its first post-transition year, an achievement in itself. But in 2016 it is vital that the National Unity Government demonstrates increasingly it effectiveness, not only for the Afghan people, but for donors on whom it is largely dependent for financial, material and technical assistance.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations Islamic Republic of Afghanistan:
“Despite some scepticism fuelled by extensive terrorist attacks this year and our high casualty rates, Afghanistan remains united with its national resolve against terrorism and violent extremism stronger than ever before. The National Unity Government has become an enduring phenomenon, spreading its wings over the governance of the country, aiming to be more inclusive through its outreach policies.”
10. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

As the first year after the end of the transition comes to a close in Afghanistan, the Head of the UN Mission, Nicholas Haysom, told the Security Council today (21 Dec) that there is “no viable alternative to the National Unity Government.”

Haysom, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said “the National Unity Government, itself the product of political crisis, inherited a weakening economy, an empty treasury, and a war that it needed to fight with decreasing levels of international military assistance.”

He told the Council that “encouragingly much of the Afghan political opposition” also appears to recognize, this position “as evidenced at the gathering of political critics that took place in Kabul just three days ago.”

The Special Representative, who briefed the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the country, said it was “vital” that in 2016 the National Unity Government “demonstrates increasingly it effectiveness, not only for the Afghan people, but for donors on whom it is largely dependent for financial, material and technical assistance.”

The Special Representative added that it would also be time for the international community to make critical decisions on the level and type of assistance that it will continue to offer – especially given that events elsewhere in the world today are competing for international attention and limited resources. He called on donors to invest in Afghanistan’s reconstruction and security.

Also addressing the Council, Afghan Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, said that “despite some scepticism fuelled by extensive terrorist attacks this year and our high casualty rates, Afghanistan remains united with its national resolve against terrorism and violent extremism stronger than ever before.”

He added that the National Unity Government “has become an enduring phenomenon, spreading its wings over the governance of the country, aiming to be more inclusive through its outreach policies.”
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