UN Security Council extends Afghan mission by six months

Posted on September 18, 2021, 6:23 am
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The United Nations Security Council unanimously extended on Friday the mandate for its assistance mission in Afghanistan by six months.

According to the details, the 15-0 vote to preserve the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) through March 17, 2022, comes in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of the war-torn country, and the exit of all foreign military forces.

The resolution calls upon “all Afghan and international parties to coordinate with UNAMA in the implementation of its mandate and to ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of United Nations and associated personnel throughout the country.”

It also calls on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report to the council by the end of January 2022 “on strategic and operational recommendations for the mandate of UNAMA, in light of recent political, security and social developments,” and requests Guterres brief the council every other month on the situation in Afghanistan.

Human Rights Watch lauded the extension, but said UNAMA “needs to be in Afghanistan indefinitely, monitoring and investigating alleged abuses.”

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