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Ambassador's Notebook: Afghanistan: What Does the Future Hold?

11/04/201318:05
Ambassador's Notebook: Afghanistan: What Does the Future Hold?
Alexander Yakovenko

Afghanistan is entering a new stage in its development that is of the utmost importance and requires new efforts by the Afghan people and consolidated support from the entire international community, with the UN playing a central and coordinating role. Important events are due in 2014 in this country: presidential and municipal elections, the withdrawal of NATO troops and the transition of responsibility for security and the rule of law to the Afghan security forces. Therefore, Afghanistan’s problems deserve special attention from the international community and the UN.

Addressing the UN Security Council, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin stated that Russia is disappointed by the way NATO and the UN handle Afghan problems, above all, Afghan drug trafficking. We believe that our international partners do not take this threat seriously enough, despite the fact that it endangers international peace and security. We regret that our partners resist setting clear goals for fighting against drug trafficking under the mandate of UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan). Moreover, NATO is still not ready to accept offers of cooperation from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), and the Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is reluctant to be involved in measures against drug trafficking.

Russia calls for the eradication of poppy fields and of laboratories that process poppy as a necessary measure that has no viable alternative. We place special emphasis on the need for international cooperation.  It is only with the assistance of the Afghan intelligence services and structures responsible for this issue, along with international organizations present in the country, that it will be possible to effectively address Afghanistan’s drug problems.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA Ján Kubiš in their speeches at the UN Security Council also stressed the importance of tackling problems such as corruption, terrorism and drug trafficking. The process of all-encompassing and full-scale national reconciliation is also of undeniable importance.

A recent meeting of the UN Security Council resulted in the adoption of resolution 2096. It provides for the prolongation of the UNAMA mandate, which has been in force since 2002, for one more year. Russia and some other UN Security Council members consider the decisions reached at the meeting to be insufficient. Russia had hoped for stronger, more robust language, particularly concerning Afghanistan’s drug problems.

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  • mandelstam13Riveting
    21:58, 13/04/2013
    More riveting stuff from the ambassador. How does he keep his column so original? So fresh?

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