UNSC extended mandate of UNAMA till March 2015

Mar 19, 2014 14:14 IST

The UN Security Council on 17 March 2014 extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year until 17 March 2015. The mandate is focused on local ownership and leadership regarding security, governance and development in Afghanistan.

As per a release issued by UNSC, the 15-member council during the New York meeting unanimously adopted a resolution saying that the mission would continue to lead and coordinate international civilian efforts in Afghanistan, that includes support for 2014 Presidential election on 5 April 2014, the 2015 Parliamentary elections and future electoral processes.

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The Presidential election of Afghanistan that is scheduled to be held on 5 April 2014 is the country’s third Presidential election and the two-term President, Hamid Karzai is not eligible to run for it.

Background
The United Nations Council in 2002 adopted a resolution in form of mission to help Afghanistan to achieve peace and development.  The resolution in form of UNAMA was scheduled to come to an end on 19 March 2014 but this meet has extended the period to 17 March 2015.

The Security Council Resolution was reached following a request of Afghan government seeking UN to assist the country in laying foundation for sustainable peace and development of the country.

On the other end, the UN mandated mission of the 50-nation International Force in Afghanistan would expire by December 2014 and by the same time, the NATO-led foreign combat troops will also return to their respective countries leaving behind Afghanistan.

Britain handed over two military bases to Afghan troops in Helmand province

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