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UN Security Council Renews Mandate Of Afghan Mission For Six Months

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on September 17 to renew the mandate of its political mission in Afghanistan for another six months following the Taliban’s takeover of the country in August.

The 15-member council asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report by the end of next January on the “strategic and operational recommendations for the mandate” of the political mission of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan -- known as UNAMA.

UNAMA’s political mission deals with issues related to development and humanitarian aid but not peacekeeping.

The Security Council said the recommendations in Guterres’s report should address the “recent political, security, and social developments” since the internationally backed Afghan government was ousted and replaced by a Taliban-led caretaker government.

The Security Council resolution also called on the Taliban to establish “an inclusive and representative government” to replace its recently named caretaker government.

It said the Taliban should form a government with "full, equal, and meaningful participation of women, and upholding human rights, including for women, children, and minorities."

The Taliban-led caretaker government is composed only of Taliban hard-liners, and the Department of Women’s Affairs has been dismantled, the UN’s special envoy on Afghanistan said last week.

In fact, out of 33 appointees named by the Taliban last week, 30 are ethnic Pashtun Taliban figures. There were only two ethnic Tajik appointees and just one ethnic Uzbek.

The Taliban-led government has not been recognized by any country.

The resolution approved on September 17 says the UN will continue to play an "important role" in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Diplomats said the Taliban did not object to the UNAMA mandate being renewed.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP