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The UN Security Council votes on the extension of the UN mission in Afghanistan

17. September 2021 - 16:39

Today 17 September, Estonia and Norway are coordinating a vote on the extension of the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

“The stable and peaceful future of Afghanistan is possible only through a broad and inclusive political agreement between different parties,” Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets said. “Nearly half of Afghanistan’s population needs humanitarian aid, mainly in health and education, which is why it is necessary to continue the UN mission to alleviate the situation. Our contacts with Afghanistan’s interim government are focused on reaching an agreement on upholding norms and standards of international law, including the rights of women, children and persons belonging to minorities,” the foreign minister said.

Estonian Ambassador to the UN Sven Jürgenson stressed that Estonia considered it crucial to ensure continued UN operations in Afghanistan, especially now, as the country is facing a humanitarian disaster. “As penholders for Afghanistan, Estonia and Norway have submitted a resolution on the extension of the mandate of the UN assistance mission, expressing support for the continuation of the UN mission UNAMA. We are also reaffirming our support for the people of Afghanistan and underlining the importance of forming an inclusive government that represents the entire country and respects human rights, especially the rights of women, children and persons belonging to minorities. With this resolution, the UN Security Council calls on all parties to ensure full and unhindered humanitarian access,” Ambassador Jürgenson added.

Estonia and Norway are the penholders for Afghanistan at the UN Security Council and lead negotiations concerning Afghanistan.

The vote can be watched live via UN Web TV at 17.00 (available for subsequent viewing): https://media.un.org/en/webtv/ 

Additional information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
press@mfa.ee

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