Afghanistan is writing a new page in its history (03/16/2015) [fr]
Afghanistan - Statement by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 16 March 2015- Security Council
I thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Haysom, for his briefing. I should also like to thank the Ambassador of Afghanistan, Mr. Tanin, for his statement.
I associate myself with the statement to be made by the observer of the European Union.
Afghanistan is writing a new page in its history. The 2014 presidential election was an important step in the country’s political transition process and allowed for the first peaceful, democratic handover of power. France reiterates its support to the Afghan President, Mr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and to the Chief Executive, Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, and to all new members of the new national unity Government. France welcomes the appointment of members of the national unity Government on 12 January and wants to see the follow-up to that process to ensure that the Government team will soon be fully staffed.
In addition, the security transition concluded in 2014 under satisfactory conditions. The NATO Resolute Support Mission advisory training services are helping the Afghan Security Forces, which are now responsible for security across the Afghan territory.
Afghanistan has now entered the transformation decade, which should result in the implementation of an ambitious reform programme. With its partners, France will continue to support the Government on the implementation of the reform plan presented during the London Conference on 4 December 2014. We stress the importance of the commitments undertaken under the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework, which is to be revised this year.
However, the completion of the transition and the beginning of the transformation decade should not let us to forget that many challenges remain. In a fragile security context, the role of regional partners is essential for Afghanistan’s stability. The initiatives taken to better secure the border are very positive. Regional support is also important to ensure that the process of national reconciliation can begin in order to guarantee the conditions for lasting peace in Afghanistan. France supports the efforts of the Afghan Government in that regard.
Furthermore, it is crucial that the mobilization of the Afghan authorities remain strong on the issue of countering drug trafficking. This is a concern for my country. We encourage the Afghan authorities to continue their efforts to combat the production and trafficking of drugs, which pose a real threat to the stability and development of the country and for the health of its people.
In that context, France believes that the role of the United Nations is more important than ever. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) embodies the will of the international community to continue to support Afghanistan, and we attach great importance to the United Nations continuing to enjoy the necessary means to achieve that goal. We believe that, while the current mandate remains relevant, it will be useful in future to reflect on its evolution. In that regard, we welcome the invitation to reflect on its evolution set in resolution 2210 (2015), which we have adopted today.
In conclusion, I would like to commend the efforts of Mr. Haysom and the entire UNAMA team, which is working in difficult conditions. France is convinced that the United Nations will continue to play a decisive role in Afghanistan in the framework of the transformation decade, which is characterized by renewed support by Afghanistan’s partners, with full respect for the principle of the country’s sovereignty.