Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča underscores UN commitment to Afghanistan

27 Jan 2017

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča underscores UN commitment to Afghanistan

KABUL - The United Nations remains firmly committed to Afghanistan and its people, said Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, following a four-day visit to Afghanistan that concluded Friday.

Mr Jenča met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, the recently appointed electoral commissioners, government officials, women leaders, and the diplomatic community.

During his meetings in Kabul, Mr Jenča discussed the complex security situation in Afghanistan and its broader regional context. He stressed the imperative need to use peaceful negotiations to resolve the conflict through political processes. He echoed the call by Secretary-General António Guterres to make 2017 a year for peace and make full use of preventive diplomacy.

Mr Jenča further discussed the Government’s commitment to unity and reform, which has secured long-term support from international partners in the areas of security and development. “This support provides important opportunities for ensuring that Afghanistan can move toward stability, accountability and greater self-reliance,” he said.

On the topic of elections, Mr Jenča welcomed the reconstitution of the electoral management bodies as the impetus for moving forward with electoral reform and preparations for holding elections. He said the United Nations is ready to provide continued electoral assistance on the basis of the Government’s request.

Speaking about the prospect of peace in Afghanistan, the Assistant Secretary-General said the United Nations stands ready to assist in any efforts to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. He underlined the importance of regional cooperation to achieve durable peace and prosperity. “The UN shares the hope for a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan, and remains committed to supporting the Government’s progress to reduce poverty and improve the still vulnerable situation of Afghan women,” he said.