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UN: Security Council extends mandate of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan01:53

UN: Security Council extends mandate of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

United Nations, New York City
September 17, 2019 at 22:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution 2489, extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until September 17, 2020, during a meeting in New York City on Tuesday.

The Council tasked the UNAMA with supporting the organisation of Afghan elections, including the country's presidential elections on September 28, and providing "outreach and good offices to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process."

Following the vote, Afghan Permanent Representative to the UN Adela Raz noted her country's "everlasting commitment to consolidate democracy," as it approaches the September elections. She stressed that the renewal of the mandate "signifies the Council's support for Afghanistan at a time when the people of Afghanistan are entering a new and a crucially important phase of their long-standing effort to achieve peace and prosperity."

US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said that the mandate renewal "empowers the mission to support elections, facilitate peace and reconciliation efforts and promote good governance and human rights."

Commenting on the "serious division among the parties," Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said that the draft "failed to address a possible security vacuum in Afghanistan," with some countries refusing "to accommodate concerns of the parties."

Source: UNIFEED-UNTV

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The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution 2489, extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until September 17, 2020, during a meeting in New York City on Tuesday.

The Council tasked the UNAMA with supporting the organisation of Afghan elections, including the country's presidential elections on September 28, and providing "outreach and good offices to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process."

Following the vote, Afghan Permanent Representative to the UN Adela Raz noted her country's "everlasting commitment to consolidate democracy," as it approaches the September elections. She stressed that the renewal of the mandate "signifies the Council's support for Afghanistan at a time when the people of Afghanistan are entering a new and a crucially important phase of their long-standing effort to achieve peace and prosperity."

US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said that the mandate renewal "empowers the mission to support elections, facilitate peace and reconciliation efforts and promote good governance and human rights."

Commenting on the "serious division among the parties," Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said that the draft "failed to address a possible security vacuum in Afghanistan," with some countries refusing "to accommodate concerns of the parties."

Source: UNIFEED-UNTV