First, the Special Representative, Kai Eide, left Afghanistan for New York yesterday. He will be briefing the UN Security Council this coming week on Wednesday 6 January. The Security Council is expected to look at some of the key issues facing UNAMA over the coming year.
In particular, they will examine:
1. What is needed to allow UNAMA to more effectively coordinate aid?
2. Can this be done within UNAMA's mandate or will it need to be changed?
3. What are the implications for the UNAMA budget?
The Special Representative will make clear at the Security Council this week that the extra military resources committed to Afghanistan are much appreciated and required, however they must be accompanied by a coherent political strategy.
For the military efforts to succeed, they must be led by a political strategy to build sustainable civilian institutions and begin a peace process under Afghan leadership and international partnership.