7902nd Security Council Meeting: Situation in Afghanistan

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SIX OFFICIAL 17-Mar-2017 00:03:37
The Security Council authorizes year-long mandate extension for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), at 7902nd meeting.
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Expressing serious concern over the potential growth of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — also known as Da’esh — the presence of anti-personnel mines and other explosive remnants of war, and the record number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, the Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in that country by one year.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2344 (2016), the Council decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until 17 March 2018. By other terms of the text, it recognized that the Mission’s renewed mandate supported Afghanistan’s full assumption of leadership and ownership in the areas of security, governance and development, consistent with the Transformation Decade (2015-2024).

The 15-member Council also decided that UNAMA and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative would continue — within their mandate and in a manner consistent with Afghan sovereignty and ownership — to lead and coordinate international civilian efforts, in full cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan. The tasks covered under that provision included promoting the Government’s reform agenda, mobilizing resources, coordinating international donors and entities, organizing future elections, regional cooperation, building capacity, promoting accountability, and protecting civilians.

By other terms of the text, the Council called on UNAMA and the Special Representative to strive for greater coherence, coordination and efficiency among relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes in Afghanistan, based on the “One UN” approach. It also called upon them to support the Government’s efforts to enhance governance and the rule of law, including in the areas of transitional justice, budget execution, fighting corruption, and in coordinating and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The Council condemned, in the strongest terms, all attacks — including those carried out by use of improvised explosive devices, suicide bombings, assassinations and abductions — targeting civilians, Afghan and international forces, diplomatic and consular officials, as well as other representatives of the international community in Afghanistan.

Strongly condemning the continuing flow of weapons to the Taliban, including the Haqqani network, by Al-Qaida, ISIL affiliates and other terrorist groups, the Council encouraged Member States to share information, establish partnerships, and develop national strategies and capabilities to counter such challenges. Further, it called upon all States to strengthen security cooperation to enhance border controls, law enforcement and criminal justice to better counter the threat.

Addressing members, Koro Bessho (Japan) said the Council should have more opportunities to understand the situation on the ground, emphasizing that the time was ripe to discuss how it could better support efforts to improve security and development. He encouraged the Council to consider a new format for future meetings on UNAMA that would offer opportunities for an interactive discussion with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.

The meeting began at 3:10 p.m. and ended at 3:13 p.m.
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