UN to help in electoral process, economic stability
25 October, 2012
KABUL: The United Nations on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to working together with the Afghan people to achieve the ultimate objectives of peace, stability and increased prosperity, including jobs and economic development.
On the occasion of United Nations Day, the secretary-general's special representative acknowledged there were many challenges the two sides faced together, but recent meetings had reinvigorated long-term partnership between Afghanistan and the international community.
Jan Kubi said security transition in the country was important but the ultimate key to a stable Afghanistan was a successful Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political transition, coupled with steady economic growth that would bring increased job opportunities and social security.
"The UN family is here to support the people of Afghanistan in this crucial historical period of transition to new horizons of national sovereignty and prosperity.
We continuously encourage fully inclusive, transparent and robust public debate over the future election process to ensure transparency, integrity and acceptability of the election process and the results," he said.
A statement from UNAMA quoted Kubi as renewing the UN willingness to support the electoral authorities, institutions and the people of Afghanistan, as mandated by the Security Council to deliver credible elections.
"In other areas, especially the process of peace and reconciliation, and national understanding and accord, we also remain committed to supporting an inclusive inter-Afghan dialogue and will increase our activities towards these objectives," he added.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter.
With the ratification of this document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the UN officially came into being. October 24 has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948.