On 12 December 2014, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2189 on Afghanistan. The resolution welcomes the new NATO mission, the ‘Resolute Support Mission’, in the country. The resolution also underscores the importance of continued international support for the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan.
Following the Security Council vote, H.E. Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, delivered a statement on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Ambassador Tanin thanked Council members for the adopting the resolution. “The adoption of this resolution is a clear indication of the continuing support of the Council and the international community for the efforts of the Afghan people and the government of Afghanistan to bring peace, stability, democracy and prosperity to the country throughout the transformation decade,” he said.
Ambassador Tanin highlighted the continuing security challenges facing Afghanistan and the national unity government, demonstrated by the recent devastating attacks in Kabul and the Paktika province. “Peace and stability cannot be achieved through security measures alone, the government of Afghanistan is embarking upon an ambitious reform agenda aimed at bringing peace and prosperity to the country,” he said.
The adoption resolution of the resolution is timely. In 19 days, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will assume full responsibility for the security of the country as the transition phase concludes at the end of 2014. “As the Transformation decade begins,” said Ambassador Tanin, “we are grateful to our NATO and international partners for their commitment to train, advise and assist the ANDSF after the completion of the ISAF mission.”
Ambassador Tanin concluded by expressing deep gratitude to NATO, partner countries and their international forces on behalf of the government of Afghanistan for their support and sacrifice to help Afghanistan advance peace and security in the country. “With the ongoing support of our international partners, including through the Resolute Support Mission, and the vigorous work of the new government of Afghanistan, their efforts will not have been in vain,” he concluded.
The resolution welcomed the increased the capabilities and capacities of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and looks forward to the completion of the security transition at the end of 2014 and the future close coordination between the leadership of the Resolute Support Mission, the Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The resolution further condemns the ongoing violent and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al Qaida and other violent and extremist groups and recognizes Afghanistan’s gains since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, particularly on democracy, governance, institution building, economic development and human rights.