Ban recommends 1 year extension of UNAMA mandate
WASHINGTON (PAN): The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recommended the Security Council extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) by another year to allow it to help with the security transition.
Ban’s recommendation came ahead of a crucial debate in the council on Afghanistan. Unama’s mandate expires on March 23.
Ban said the transition is based on three key principles: the transition must be Afghan-owned; it must be planned and implemented in a sustainable manner; and it must ensure the protection and promotion of the rights of all Afghans.
The UN mission in Afghanistan can help with Afghan and international efforts to mediate with the reconciling insurgents, advocacy and monitoring of human rights; technical assistance to Afghan capacity-building for delivery of basic services and management of natural disasters.
“The focus will be on those locations where there are needs and where security and accessibility conditions will allow the organisation to maximise its efforts and reinforce its presence, as necessary. The United Nations will also continue to pursue a “One United Nations” approach and strengthen the coherence of its efforts in Afghanistan, in line with my commitments to President (Hamid) Karzai,” Ban said.
The transition process, expected to start this July with the withdrawal of thousands of noncombat troops, must be accompanied by an inclusive political process, Ban said, adding that such a process will ensure that all Afghans have a vested interest in furthering the agenda set by the Kabul process.
Ban said with the convening of the Consultative Peace Jirga, the establishment of the High Peace Council, and the adoption and gradual implementation of the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme, the Afghan government has demonstrated leadership in promoting an intra-Afghan dialogue. “This momentum, launched by President Karzai at his second inauguration, needs to be maintained. All sides owe it to the Afghan people to nurture and increasingly articulate unity of purpose behind the objective of a peaceful coexistence of all segments of Afghan society,” he said.
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