Security Council mission arrives in Afghanistan to gauge progress in turbulent country

24 November 2008

A Security Council team landed in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today to assess the war-torn country’s progress towards peace and rebuilding, as well as to underscore the importance of regional cooperation for governance, security and development.

Among its tasks the delegation will review the status of international pledges made at the Paris Conference in June, at which dozens of countries and organizations committed resources to help rebuild Afghanistan’s infrastructure and advance peace, security and development.

The mission, led by Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata of Italy, will also evaluate the humanitarian situation in the country and highlight the cooperation between the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), including collaboration on humanitarian and human rights issues, and in supporting the electoral process.

The team – made up of ambassadors and representatives from the Council’s 15 member countries – is slated to meet with President Hamid Karzai, Government leaders, as well as civil society and other representatives over the next three days.


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