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UN Security Council renews mandate for Afghan forces

Other News Materials 13 October 2011 02:38
The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously backed a year-long extension of the mandate for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, dpa reported.
UN Security Council renews mandate for Afghan forces

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously backed a year-long extension of the mandate for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, dpa reported.

The council said the resolution signalled its confidence in positive future developments in Afghanistan, as full sovereignty is gradually returned to the country.

The United States, which has led the efforts by NATO and other countries within ISAF, plans to withdraw its final troops in 2014.

"Germany especially values the strong support through members of the Security Council, as expressed in the unanimous vote," said the German ambassador to the UN, Peter Wittig.

Special emphasis was put by the council on the importance of the continued expansion and professional training of Afghan security forces, who are taking over responsibility for security. The council urged the Afghan government to make stronger efforts against corruption.

Germany, which participates in ISAF, led the negotiations over the resolution that the council adopted.

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