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PRESS STATEMENT: Security Council discusses political situation in Afghanistan

KABUL, 19 September 2014 – The toll of Afghanistan’s ongoing political impasse and the need for the formation of a government of national unity were among the main topics of discussion at the United Nations Security Council’s quarterly meeting on the country at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday.

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At Security Council briefing, UN envoy flags importance of formation of new Afghan government
KABUL, 18 September 2014 – With the results of its presidential election due to be announced within days but with no political agreement on a government of political unity in place, the top United Nations official in Afghanistan today briefed the world body’s Security Council on the country’s progress and challenges – both immediate and longer-term – and the important role to be played by a new administration.
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At UN-backed gathering, experts aim to improve response to cases of violence against women
KABUL, 16 September 2014 – Given the major role played by mediation in cases of violence against women in Afghanistan, a range of experts gathered at a United Nations-backed conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, to develop recommendations to improve judicial responses to such cases and mediation guidelines for where appropriate.
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UN chief says ‘democratic leadership transition must be respected’ in report to Security Council
NEW YORK, 14 September 2014 – “I salute the courage and determination of the millions of Afghan women and men who participated in the two rounds of polling as voters, candidates, campaign and electoral workers, and observers. Their wish to achieve a peaceful, democratic leadership transition must be respected.”
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PRESS STATEMENT: UN completes requested audit role in Presidential election results

KABUL, 14 September 2014 – Following the final decision-making session held today by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) on findings from audited ballot boxes, the United Nations welcomes the completion of the nationwide audit of ballots cast in the country’s 14 June presidential elections run-off.

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In telephone calls with candidates, Ban stresses need for abiding by commitments
NEW YORK, 11 September 2014 – In separate telephone calls with Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, made on Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General ban Ki-moon stressed the need for both of them to abide by their public commitments and conclude the political agreement on a government of national unity.
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UN senior official meets presidential candidates, urges cooperation
KABUL, 11 September 2014 – To underscore the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a successful conclusion to Afghanistan’s presidential election process, the world body’s Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, today paid a brief visit to Kabul, where he met with the country’s two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA expresses condolences for victims in Kunar province

KABUL, 11 September 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expresses its condolences to the families of the civilians killed and injured in airstrikes in the country’s eastern province of Kunar yesterday.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA supports Ulema Council’s call for candidates to resolve differences
KABUL, 10 September 2014 – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, supports and endorses a call made by the Ulema Council for the country’s two presidential candidates to resolve their differences and come to an agreement on the formation of a government of national unity soon.
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UN chief urges candidates to conclude agreement on government of national unity
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan
NEW YORK, 9 September 2014
 – The Secretary-General urges Afghanistan’s two Presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to conclude an agreement on a government of national unity in accordance with the commitments they reached on 12 July.
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