Unanimous adoption of UNAMA’s renewal [fr]
Explanation of vote by Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council – 17 September 2019
France welcomes the adoption of resolution 2489 (2019). I am delighted that the Security Council succeeded in demonstrating its renewed support for Afghanistan.
I would like to address my condolences to the Afghan people for the attack on an electoral rally of President Ghani last night.I would like to express France’s appreciation to Germany and Indonesia for their efforts to achieve a balanced text that provides the tools and political support that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) needs. We have heard Afghanistan’s request, expressed in this Chamber, for the maintenance of a strong and stable UNAMA presence. The mandate we have just adopted is in line with previous renewals, but also with the adjustments that were necessary to support Afghanistan at a crucial moment in its history, less than two weeks before the presidential election.
The presidential election must be credible and transparent. Its winner will bear the heavy responsibility of leading an inter-Afghan peace process in order to move forward on the road to peace. But Afghanistan cannot take that path alone. The international community’s commitment must be unfailing, and it is that commitment that we have expressed today in renewing UNAMA’s mandate for one year.
UNAMA contributes in an essential way to the pursuit of lasting peace in Afghanistan. We have just given it the necessary means to act during this uncertain time that is beginning by recalling what constitutes the core of its mandate, namely, support for peace efforts and the preparation of presidential elections, the coordination of development aid and humanitarian assistance and the promotion of human rights, particularly those of women.
The adoption of this resolution shows that the international community remains united in supporting Afghanistan on the path to peace, democracy and development. France will continue to work alongside its partners in that regard.