UNSC unanimously extends ISAF’s mandate
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), presided by Nigeria, voted unanimously on Wednesday to renew the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year, UN officials said.
The NATO-led ISAF was authorised up to the 13th of October 2012, the UN said in a statement, adding the UNSC welcomed the transfer of security responsibilities from international troops to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014.
The security switch, started in July, would be carried out through a process of strengthening the effectiveness, professionalism and accountability of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP).
The Council urged United Nations Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources to ISAF and continue to support security and stability in the country.
The Council also took the opportunity to express their concerns over the ongoing violence waged by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other illegal armed groups, especially the high civilian casualties inflicted on women and children by these groups.
Additionally, they welcomed the Enduring Partnership Declaration agreed upon by NATO and the Afghan government in Lisbon in November 2010, involving sustained support for security throughout the transition process.
Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan at the UN, joined the Council in this annual meeting. The mandate’s unanimous adoption is a strong display of the continued support for Afghanistan and its people from the international community.
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