Afghanistan : UN extends mission mandate for 6 months

Afghanistan : UN extends mission mandate for 6 months

Afghanistan : UN extends mission mandate for 6 months

The UN Security Council voted to extend the UN mission in Afghanistan for 6 months and called on the Taliban to create an inclusive government.

The 15-member council acted in a resolution passed unanimously on the UNAMA political mission, which deals with development issues, among others, not peacekeeping.

The Security Council resolution stressed the “continued presence of UNAMA, other United Nations agencies, funds and programmes across Afghanistan, and calls on Afghan and international parties to coordinate in the implementation of its mandate and ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of United Nations and associated personnel through the country”.

The resolution, stressing the important role that the United Nations will continue to play in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, recognises the need for strengthened efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and the important coordination role of the United Nations, and reaffirming that the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance requires all parties to allow full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access, for United Nations humanitarian agencies and other humanitarian actors.