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Tanin welcomes extension of Unama mandate

Tanin welcomes extension of Unama mandate

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Mar 23, 2011 - 10:04

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The Afghan ambassador to the United Nations has welcomed the decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (Unama) by one year.

All 15-members of the powerful body on Tuesday voted in favour of extending the mission of Unama which they said had an important role to play in the transition from international to Afghan-led security. The first seven areas to be handed to Afghan security forces were announced by the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, on Tuesday.

The resolution reaffirms the UN’s continued support for the people and government of Afghanistan and for their efforts to achieve lasting peace, security and stability, Zahir Tanin said.

 “It also underscores the importance of transition to Afghan ownership and leadership, a process that officially began yesterday and will continue through 2014,” he said.

The council also stressed the role of Unama in supporting the process of peace and reconciliation and encouraged the international community to assist the government by contributing to the Peace and Reintegration Trust fund.

The resolution stated that Unama should promote more coherent support to the Afghan Government, through mobilisation of resources, coordination of international donors and organisations and direction of UN support efforts in counter-narcotics, reconstructioninfo-icon and development activities.

It also stressed the importance of a strong presence of Unama and other UN units in the provinces and encouraged efforts to address security issues.  

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