Security Council extends assistance mission in Afghanistan until 23 March 2013, unanimously adopting Resolution 2041 (2012) [S/RES/2041]


Security Council
6738th Meeting (AM)

Says Renewed Mandate Takes Full Account of Transition Process, in Full Support of Country’s Assumption of Leadership in Security, Governance, Development

The Security Council this morning extended the authorization of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for one year, until 23 March 2013, emphasizing that its renewed mandate took full account of the transition process and was in full support of the country’s full assumption of leadership and ownership in security, governance and development.

Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 2041 (2012), the Council also decided that the Mission would continue to “lead and coordinate” international civilian efforts in the country in accordance with the results of international conferences.

In particular, the Council reaffirmed that UNAMA would continue to lead international efforts to strengthen the role of Afghan institutions in democratic governance, the rule of law, control of drugs, human rights, humanitarian assistance and related areas.

While reiterating the need to ensure the security of United Nations staff, it stressed the importance of a continued presence of UNAMA and other United Nations agencies, funds and programmes in the provinces. It encouraged, in addition, the Government to make use of UNAMA’s good offices in reconciliation efforts, stressing the role of the Mission in providing other support to those efforts, if requested.

At the same time, it called upon the Government, with the assistance of the international community, to continue to address the threats posed by armed groups, reiterating the importance of international assistance in strengthening the Afghan security sector through a comprehensive framework and a long-term commitment beyond the transition to full Afghan leadership envisioned in 2014.

The action came two days after a Council debate on the Secretary-General’s latest report, which conveyed the results of a comprehensive review of UNAMA, on the basis of which the Secretary-General recommended the mandate extension. (See Press Release SC/10582 of 20 March 2012.)

The meeting began at 10:04 a.m. and ended at 10:06 a.m.