UNSC extends NATO mission in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (PAN): In a latest development, the UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the International Security Force in Afghanistan for the last time before the NATO-led ISAF mission hands over the security of the war-battered country to the Afghan forces at the end of 2014.
Moved by Australia, the resolution notes the situation in Afghanistan “still constitutes” a threat to international peace and security, seeking extension to the ISAF mission till December 31, 2104.
The resolution hailed the agreement between Afghanistan and the countries contributing to the Force to “transfer full security responsibility to the Afghan government country-wide by the end of 2014”.
With the support of ISAF nations, the resolution also lauded the strong commitment of the Afghan government to develop an Afghan National Security Force capable of ensuring peace, security and stability for all Afghans.
Underlining close coordination and cooperation to develop Afghan National Security Forces, the UNSC called on ISAF and the NATO to continue close consultations with the government and the Secretary-General’s special representative.
The resolution, suggested by Russia, seeks a final comprehensive report in December 2014.
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