UN Security Council agrees to extend Afghanistan mission for one year

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The UN Security Council has agreed to extend the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year.
Unanimously adopting the resolution, the 15-member council agreed to extend the mission’s mandate until September 17 next year.
The council welcomed the start of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha and strongly encouraged the parties to continue pursuing confidence-building measures — including additional reductions in violence — and encouraged them to engage in good faith.
Members decided that UNAMA and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, within their mandate and in a manner consistent with Afghan sovereignty, leadership and ownership, will continue to lead and coordinate international civilian efforts in Afghanistan in full cooperation with the Afghan government.
They laid out a range of priorities, including the support for the organization of future elections; strengthening capacity in the protection and promotion of human rights; support for gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment; the coordination and facilitation of humanitarian assistance; and support for Afghanistan’s development and governance priorities.

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