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UN Security Council extends Afghan mission mandate for 6 months

Resolution clears Security Council unanimously following Taliban takeover of war-torn country

Michael Hernandez   | 17.09.2021
UN Security Council extends Afghan mission mandate for 6 months

WASHINGTON

The UN Security Council unanimously extended on Friday the mandate for its assistance mission in Afghanistan by six months.

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 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."

"There's little evidence to suggest the Taliban will comply with international human rights law, especially the rights of women and girls," Louis Charbonneau, the rights group's UN director, said in a statement. "UNAMA will need to regularly and publicly report on abuses, while helping meet the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people."

*Betul Yuruk contributed to this story from the United Nations

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