Press Release: The Security Council Meets to Discuss the Situation in Afghanistan

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On 22 June 2015, the Security Council held a debate on the Situation in Afghanistan. Council Members and representatives of ten member states delivered statements at the debate. Mr. Nicolas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), opened the debate.

 

Delivering a statement on behalf of Afghanistan, H.E. Ambassador Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, condemned the recent attack on the Afghan parliament, which resulted in injury to civilians.  Council Members expressed their condolences for the victims of the attack. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time, “ Ambassador Sisson, US Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, remarked during the debate.

 

Ambassador Tanin noted that Afghanistan’s enemies have opened a new offensive against the Afghan government. “This new wave of fighting is compounded by an unprecedented convergence of extremist and international terrorist networks on our soil, comprised of Taliban, thousands of foreign terrorist fighters and violent extremist groups like ISIS,” he said. Ambassador Tanin noted the bravery, strength and determination of Afghan forces in combatting these challenges. They have proved their capacity to protect the security and safety of the Afghan people, he explained.

 

Noting the government’s on-going efforts to further the peace process in Afghanistan, Ambassador Tanin described the efforts of the National Unity Government to engage representatives of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, civil society including women, and the Taliban, which have generated new momentum in the process. He also touched on the importance of regional cooperation to the success of the peace process. The government of Afghanistan has worked to open a new chapter in its relations with the government of Pakistan, he said. “In the last 14 years an undeclared state of war between our two countries impacted our national security and the security of the wider region. A new dialogue between our two brotherly nations will allow us to move past this history and work together for peace and stability.”

 

The national unity government has appointed all cabinet ministers, and all but one has been approved by the parliament. The principles of merit, transparency and accountability lie at the centre of all new appointments, Ambassador Tanin explained.  “A culture of accountability has emerged across the country as a result of our commitment to ensure the establishment of a clean, functioning and effective government.”

 

Following Ambassador Tanin’s statement, 26 representatives took the floor and reiterated their commitments to the government of Afghanistan in the long term. Member States welcomed Afghanistan’s progress over the last several months, and praised the government of Afghanistan’s efforts to enhance peace and security in the country and the wider region.

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