H.E. Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, delivered a statement on 18 September 2014 at the Security Council debate on the Situation in Afghanistan.
Mr. Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan opened the debate, underscoring the importance of resolving the political deadlock in Afghanistan. For months now the Afghan people “have eagerly awaited the long overdue agreement between the two leaders on the establishment of a government of national unity. It is their wishes that must be respected,” he said.
Taking the floor, H.E. Ambassador Zahir Tanin, noted the tremendous importance of the elections to the people of Afghanistan. They represented, “an historic opportunity to vote for hope, democracy and lasting peace” and by voting millions of Afghans “demonstrated remarkable bravery in the face of terrorism, and a stalwart commitment to a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan,” he said.
Despite the hopefulness of the first round, the Ambassador pointed out, the elections turned into a protracted and complex process with lasting implications. A dire economic situation, a worsening security situation, and a dangerous atmosphere of division and fragmentation emerged as a result of the election dispute. The Afghan people urgently need to see the process come to a close and a new president inaugurated, he emphasized, so that the country can build a peaceful and democratic future.
The Ambassador also considered Afghanistan’s long term priorities and commitments including peace and reconciliation, strengthened regional engagement, and reinvigorated partnerships with the international community. He welcomed NATO’s declaration in Wales earlier this month to stand ready to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces after 2014 and the upcoming ministerial development conference in London, where Afghanistan will reaffirm its long term partnerships with the international community.
Members of the Security Council and representatives of United Nations member states and the European Union also took the floor, emphasizing the importance of Afghanistan’s democratic transition to the future stability of the country. Many countries offered further support, financial, technical or diplomatic, towards the security and sustainable development in Afghanistan.