Welcoming national assumption of security responsibilities in Afghanistan while acknowledging continued challenges in completing that process, the Security Council this afternoon decided to extend the authorization of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in that country for the twelve months ending 13 October 2013.
Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 2069 (2012), the Council also authorized Member States participating in ISAF to take all measures to fulfil the Force’s mandate, which is laid out in resolutions 1386 (2001) and 1510 (2003). It called upon all Member States to support the stability of Afghanistan and the transition to full security responsibility by the Afghan Government country-wide by the end of 2014.
In that regard, it welcomed the “strong commitment” of the Government, with the support of ISAF nations, to build a strong Afghan National Security Force that was capable of providing “peace, security and stability to all Afghans operating under effective civilian leadership and in accordance with the rule of law, respecting human rights and capable of contributing to the region’s security”. It also welcomed agreements to further develop the Enduring Partnership of the Government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) through 2014 and beyond in the interest of the country’s continued stability.