Friday, October 24, 2014

Security Council Press Statement on Afghanistan Elections

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Samantha Power ( United States):

The members of the Security Council welcomed the inauguration on 29 September 2014 of Dr. Ashraf Ghani as the new President of Afghanistan, marking the first democratic transition of power in the country’s history, and looked forward to the formation of the Government of National Unity with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as its Chief Executive Officer.

The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of all parties in Afghanistan working within the framework of the Government of National Unity in order to achieve a unified, peaceful and prosperous future for all the people of Afghanistan.

The members of the Council reiterated their call for the Government of National Unity to effectively address the issues facing the country, including security, good governance, human rights, in particular for women and children, democracy and the fight against corruption, as well as economic recovery, improving the livelihood of its people and addressing the cross-cutting issue of counter-narcotics.

The members of the Council reiterated their condemnation of violent and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other violent extremist and terrorist groups aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country, and reasserted that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.

Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Zarar Ahmad Osmani Heads Afghanistan’s Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly 69th Session

The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Mr. Zarar Ahmad Osmani, visited New York this past week to head Afghanistan’s delegation to the General Debate of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Foreign Minister addressed the General Assembly on 27 September 2014 on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  He expressed delight that the country has achieved a significant milestone with the successful conclusion of the presidential election and the upcoming transition of power from one elected administration to the next.  “While Afghanistan faces marked challenges,” he said, “we are confident that the new government, which enjoys the full backing of a vast majority of Afghans, will strive to bring about political, security and socioeconomic prosperity to Afghanistan and by extension to the region and beyond.”  Mr. Omani also reminded the international community of the ongoing struggle for peace and stability in the face of continuing terrorism and violence in Afghanistan.

In his statement, Mr. Osmani announced Afghanistan’s “Transformation Decade 2015-2025,” outlining the country’s sustainable economic development plans.  He also underscored Afghanistan’s commitment to strengthening its evolving democracy and called for regional and international cooperation in overcoming the threat of ISIS and supporting a peaceful political solution in Syria.

The Foreign Minister and other members of Afghanistan’s delegation to the 69th General Assembly represented the country in a number of important High Level Ministerial meetings of key groups in which Afghanistan is involved, including the Group of 77 (G77), the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

While in New York, Mr. Osmani met with His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and held bilateral meetings with a number of Foreign Minsters on key issues.  He also participated in multiple events and meetings, representing the government of Afghanistan.

During the closing days of the UNGA, Afghanistan’s delegation will participate in meetings and events in a continued effort to express its commitment to the goals of international peace, stability, partnership and security that define the momentum and purpose of the UNGA.



Secretary-General Meets Foreign Minister of Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Zarar Ahmad Osmani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Zarar Ahmad Osmani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.