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Statement by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam, at the Security Council’s briefing on “The situation in Afghanistan”
09-29-2009, 04:45 pm

Statement

by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh,

Permanent Representative of Viet Nam,

at the Security Council’s briefing on “The situation in Afghanistan

(29 September 2009)

Madam President,

I thank you for convening this meeting and thank SRSG Kai Eide, Head of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan whose work we commend and continue to support, for his updated briefing on the situation in Afghanistan. I welcome Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta of Afghanistan and thank him for his statement.

We welcome positive developments in Afghanistan over the past 3 months, especially the holding of the Presidential and Provincial Council Elections on 20 August 2009, which were the first elections run by the Afghan Independent Election Commission. Despite many irregularities reported, we could see from the elections the strong aspiration of the Afghan people for peace and stability.

We respect the choice of the Afghan people of their leadership and hope that the election results will lay a sound foundation for political stability in the country. In a short term, we hope valuable lessons learnt from the elections will be useful in planning Afghanistan’s 2010 Parliamentary elections. In the face of the present delicate situation, we urge all parties concerned to constructively cooperate with a view to establishing a new strong Afghan Government which is capable of moving the country forward.

Madam President,

From another perspective, these elections revealed a more comprehensive picture of the current situation in Afghanistan, which is prominently featured by major challenges such as insecurity, weak institutions, insufficient human and financial resources. A steadily increasing number of attacks, security incidents happening since the beginning of this year, particularly during the weeks prior to the elections reconfirm the shared assessment that insecurity remains the biggest challenge to Afghanistan. The deteriorating security situation in many parts of the country has significantly hampered not only attempts to hold the elections peacefully with broad participation of eligible voters, but also efforts to consolidate institution-building, governance, and to improve the safety and living conditions of the people. Most of current infrastructure-building projects are confined to the centre, unable to reach remote localities where poor people are in urgent need of assistance. The alleged electoral irregularities indicate that more focus should be put on training Afghans capable of participating in and contributing to the country’s political process.

Against that background, we welcome the inclusion of bench marks and indicators of progress in the Secretary General’s report, which will provide a good basis for determining the priorities in the coming stage, measuring progress and making necessary adjustments with a view to achieving the goals set in all areas ranging from institution-building, security improvement, social-economic development to human rights promotion and the fight against drug. I would like to emphasize our view that protection of civilians and the improvement of the living conditions of the Afghan people must be accorded top priority.

Madam President,

At this critical stage in Afghanistan’s peace process, the long-term commitment of international donors to Afghanistan is of still greater significance. We support the convening of an early international conference to re-assess the assistance needs of Afghanistan in the post-election period. However, the Afghan administration and people as the owner of the country’s peace process must be able to play their decisive role. The Government of Afghanistan must be enabled to assume all the responsibilities that belong to a sovereign state. The support and assistance of the international community including the United Nations and UNAMA therefore should be geared toward the achievement of this objective.

I thank you, Madam President.



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