Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
KABUL - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General in support of the United States' Plan for Afghanistan as announced by President Barack Obama on 1 December 2009.
The Secretary-General welcomes the new US plan for Afghanistan announced by President Barack Obama yesterday evening. He notes with appreciation the proposed approach to balance military and civilian efforts and the emphasis on strengthening the capacity of Afghan institutions and Afghan security forces in particular.
The Secretary-General strongly feels that institution-building is a long-term but necessary process that will ultimately ensure the sustainability of the international community's joint efforts in Afghanistan. The United Nations remains committed to support all efforts to transition to increased Afghan ownership, responsibility and leadership in achieving lasting peace, stability and development in the country.