UNAMA deserves the full commitment of the Security Council [fr]
Renewal of UNAMA mandate
Explanation of vote by Mrs Anne Gueguen, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 15 March 2019
In my national capacity, I reiterate our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the reprehensible terrorist attack on the mosques in Christchurch and the people of New Zealand. France stands in solidarity with New Zealand at this challenging time.
At our meeting on 11 March (see S/PV.8481), France recalled at this pivotal time in Afghanistan’s history the importance it attaches to unity among international partners and in the Council in support of Afghanistan. We reiterated that, now more than ever, we must remain united in support of Afghanistan’s path to peace, stability, democracy and economic and social development.
Germany and Indonesia have made commendable efforts to achieve a substantive and satisfactory renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). However, we deplore the fact that differences among some members of the Security Council on issues that are not directly related to the Mission’s mandate, or even to the Council’s responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations, have led us to adopt a resolution for a six-month technical renewal. For France, that is not the signal we should be sending to UNAMA and it should in no way set a precedent.
We hope that this time will be used to overcome bilateral disputes and refocus on the core mandate of UNAMA, in particular on issues such as, first, support for peace efforts; secondly, preparations for presidential elections; thirdly, the coordination of development aid and humanitarian assistance; and, fourthly, the promotion of human rights, in particular women’s rights. We would like negotiations to resume as soon as possible and be conducted in a transparent and inclusive manner. The United Nations plays an essential role in supporting Afghanistan in its transformation decade. UNAMA, like the many United Nations agencies present in Afghanistan, conducts remarkable work on a daily basis in difficult conditions and deserves the full commitment of the Council.