UN Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Afghanistan

08:34, March 23, 2011      

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The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for an additional year.

The 15-member Council passed Resolution 1974, which expressed concern over the security situation in Afghanistan including "the ongoing violence and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, " and other violent extremist groups.

The resolution also cited concern over "the capacity of the Afghan government to guarantee the rule of law, to provide security and basic services to the Afghan people, and to ensure the improvement and protection of their human rights and fundamental freedoms."

The UNAMA is an integrated mission, focused on supporting political affairs, and development and humanitarian issues in Afghanistan. The mission currently has around 1,500 staff members in the country -- 80 percent of whom are Afghan nationals.

Meanwhile, the resolution requests that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon report to the Security Council every three months on developments in Afghanistan, including the conduct of a comprehensive review of UNAMA's activities throughout the country.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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