Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Paris, March 24 2009
Yesterday the Security Council unanimously adopted UNSCR 1868 renewing for one year the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
France welcomes this decision which strongly reaffirms the international community’s support for the Afghan people and its mobilization alongside the Afghan authorities.
Extending UNAMA’s mandate will enable the continued improvement of coordination, under United Nations aegis, of the action of the various players in Afghanistan.
In this respect, France salutes the continuous efforts deployed by Kai Eide since his appointment as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative to ensure more coherent international action in Afghanistan. UNAMA will pursue its mission on the basis of the refocused mandate the Security Council gave a year ago enabling the combination of political action, security, reconstruction and development.
France is committed to giving priority to improving the effectiveness, transparency and coordination of the international aid, for which significant progress still has to be made.
The forthcoming presidential, then parliamentary, elections constitute a crucial milestone for Afghanistan and the international community. These polls are an important stage in the democratic process in Afghanistan. UNAMA action to support the Afghans will also be necessary to ensure the smooth operation of the whole electoral process.
In carrying out its difficult mandate, UNAMA can count on France’s full support. In this respect, we welcome the proposal to hold quarterly Security Council meetings to ensure more active monitoring of the implementation of the mandate entrusted to UNAMA and provide all the necessary support for the action of the United Nations Special Representative./.