Security Council: Statement by Ambassador Thoms on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
2014 is a crucial year for Afghanistan. It should mark the first peaceful transfer of power in Afghan history.
Millions of Afghan women and men have shown their commitment to actively shape the future of their country. They want their voices to be heard. And they want to see an end to violence.
I congratulate the voters on their courage in the face of threats and violence as well as the Afghan National Security Forces which were well prepared and effective.
We now call upon both candidates to respect the authority of the Afghan Electoral Commission and to accept the final outcome after all complaints have been effectively adjudicated. I call to mind the statesmanship of the candidates displayed in accepting the first round of results.
The electoral process is not yet complete. As this is an Afghan-led process, we urge all stakeholders to promote national unity and avoid appeals to ethnic, tribal or factional interests.
As the Secretary-General has stressed: “at this critical juncture, the need is for statesmanship, not gamesmanship”.
The numerous positive developments in Afghanistan, including the elections, are an achievement first and foremost of the Afghan people and its institutions.
They will require our continued commitment. This includes support for the Afghan National Security Forces. The signing of the relevant security arrangements by the new Afghan government is a necessary condition for continued military support, including through the “Resolute Support Mission”.
As future international support will concentrate increasingly on civilian assistance, UNAMA will have a central role in coordinating these efforts in support of the new Afghan government.
No doubt, challenges lie ahead. This should also caution against overburdening UNAMA. The mission needs to be adequately resourced and present throughout the country in order to fulfil its mandate.
The new Afghan government will face a number of significant challenges. We encourage our partners in Kabul to include all members of society, especially women, in decision-making processes and to continue all efforts to protect and promote human rights; increase coordination and efficiency of international support; promote national reconciliation and fight corruption as well as to implement its commitments under the Tokyo Framework.
In closing, I wish to thank SRSG Kubis for his dynamic leadership and want to assure the Afghan people and the UN Secretary-General of Germany’s steadfast support.
I thank you.