UN Supports Agreement on Non-Combat NATO Operation in Afghanistan

KABUL: (Middle East Press) The United Nations (UN) Security Council welcomed the agreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Afghan Government to set up a new non-combat, training, optional and assistance mission.

UN said following a statement, “Unanimously adopting a new resolution the Council underscored the importance of continued international support for the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan and of further enhancing the capabilities of and capacities of the Afghan National Defence and Security Services and the NATO entity, to be called the Resolute Support Mission, will train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.”

The statement furhter added that the Council took note of the Secretary-General’s letter of 28 November 2014 transmitting the final report on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan, which are set to leave by the end of 2014.

That letter states that while the core objectives of ISAF have been achieved, “more remains to be done to develop self-sustainable and fully capable Afghan security forces,” the statement added.

UN Security Council said, the Afghan forces still have potential gaps and development shortfalls, especially in the Air Force. Equipment procurement, financial running and accountability procedures need to recover.

“Endemic corruption persists. Further development is required in the contribution of women in security Institutions and forces, in securing women’s rights, and in the protection of children in armed conflict, especially in eliminating the recruitment of child soldiers, says the letter,” the statement noted.

Zahir Tanin, Permanent envoy of Afghanistan, said “At this critical juncture in our history, this resolution signifies the requirement of enduring and long term support for Afghanistan.”

Tanin further added “The adoption of this resolution is a clear suggestion of the continuing support of the Council and the international community for the efforts of the Afghan people and government to pass peace, stability, equality and success to the country throughout the alteration decade.”

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