Tuesday, December 6, 2016

UN Security Council Agrees to Gradual Removal of Taliban Names from Black List

A delegation of the United Nations Security Council in a meeting with President Karzai in Kabul announced that the UN agrees to gradually strike off from its blacklist the names of the Taliban who have no links with Alqaeda or other terrorist networks.

Headed by Turkish UN Ambassador, Ertugrul Apakan, the delegation included representatives of the 15 council members, including Afghanistan Ambassador to the United Nations Zahir Tanin. The team reaffirmed the UN Security Council’s long term support to the government and the people of Afghanistan.

The meeting focused on a wide range of issues including the recently concluded Peace Jirga, the Reconciliation and Reintegration Process, as well the coming up Kabul International Conference.

The delegation unanimously agreed to President Karzai’s proposal to remove off the UN’s black list the names of those Taliban with no connection with the terrorist networks including the Alqaeda.

Urging for more training and equipments for the Afghan security forces, the President noted that wider regional cooperation remains an important precondition for a successful anti terrorism campaign .

The President briefed the visiting team on the results of the Peace Jirga as well as plans for reintegration and the progress achieved so far.

On the efforts to curb corruption, the President said part of the problem stems from the projects contracted out by the international community in Afghanistan. The President further said on several occasions the private security firms have turned out to be sources of corruption and insecurity especially in certain parts of the country.

The visiting delegation once again declared support to the efforts led by President Karzai in ensuring security and rebuilding of Afghanistan.

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Security Council Discusses Situation in Afghanistan H.E. Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN, addresses a Security Council meeting on the situation in his country. United Nations, New York

Security Council arrives in Afghanistan to assess progress, show support

Members of the Security Council arrived today in Kabul to review progress made by the Afghan Government with assistance from the international community, and to demonstrate their continued support for the country’s efforts to ensure a sustainable peace.

The visit by the 15-member body is led by Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan of Turkey, and it comes ahead of the conference to be held in the capital on 20 July and co-chaired by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).  Ambassador Zahir Tanin Permanent Representative of  Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations  is accompanying the Security Council delegates to Kabul.

Next month’s gathering is a follow-up to the London Conference held in January, during which the Government and its international partners jointly endorsed a strategy of transition to greater Afghan responsibility for the affairs of the country.

The visit is also taking place just weeks after the holding of the Consultative Peace Jirga – which brought together 1,600 delegates from across the country to discuss the way forward in the peace process – and as the country prepares for the parliamentary elections scheduled for 18 September.

While in Afghanistan, the Council members will meet with President Hamid Karzai, senior members of the Government and other Afghan authorities and institutions, as well as with members of civil society.

They will also meet members of the international community and with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report to the Council, stated that the UN is committed to a continued long-term presence in Afghanistan, noting that this is a “critical” year in the country’s transition.

Source of the News: UN News Centre

Afghanistan Elected to Vice-Presidency of 65th General Assembly

This morning, the General Assembly met to elect the President and Vice Presidents for the upcoming 65th session of the General Assembly, scheduled to begin on 14 September, 2010, and to select the Chairs and Rapporteurs for the Main Committees. His Excellency Mr. Joseph Deiss, of Switzerland, was elected to serve as President of the General Assembly.

The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations was also honored this year, with two positions of leadership in the upcoming Session. His Excellency Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations, will serve as one of the Vice Presidents of the 65th General Assembly. In addition, Afghanistan’s Fourth Committee Delegate was also selected by the General Assembly to serve as Rapporteur for the Fourth Committee and as a member of the Bureau of the Committee.

This is the second time in three years that Ambassador Zahir Tanin has served as Vice President to the General Assembly – Afghanistan was also elected Vice President during the 63rd Session. In addition, this is the second consecutive year that Ambassador Tanin has served as Chair of the intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform, first appointed during the 63rd General Assembly, and then reappointed in the current session as a result of the trust the membership showed in his impartiality and leadership. That process is now moving into more concrete negotiations on the basis of a widely-acclaimed negotiation text, under Ambassador Tanin’s guidance.

Afghanistan was among the founding members of the United Nations, joining officially in 1946. In the 1960s, Abdul Rahman Pazhwak served as President of the 21st session of the General Assembly, the only Afghan to hold that post. Since then, and as a result of the decades of conflict and violence that rocked the country, Afghanistan’s presence at the UN has waned. However, recently, Afghanistan has begun to reclaim an important role in world affairs, a role that is certainly in evidence today at the United Nations.