Dispatch of a UN Security Council Mission to Afghanistan

November 10, 2006

  1. As a member of the UN Security Council, the Government of Japan has been leading discussions on Afghanistan in the UN Security Council from 2005 to 2006. Japan proposed dispatching a UN Security Council Mission consisting of its main member states to Afghanistan, and the Security Council has consequently decided to dispatch the Mission headed by Mr. Kenzo Oshima, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations from November 10 (Fri) to 17 (Tue).
  2. During its stay in Afghanistan, the Mission will have meetings with President Karzai, other key members of the Government of Afghanistan, members of the national assembly, members of the judicial branch, and representatives of local citizens. The Mission will also visit provincial cities, facilities related to DDR (disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of the former military combatants) and the DIAG (disbandment of the illegal armed groups), critical tasks in the reconstruction of Afghanistan to which Japan has been contributing.
  3. Three years have passed since the last UN Security Council Mission was dispatched to Afghanistan in November 2003. This mission aims at showing the commitment of the international community to cooperate with the Afghan government and its nationals, based on the Afghanistan Compact that was agreed upon between Afghanistan and the international community. This mission will also observe the progress of efforts in Afghanistan in such fields as counternarcotics, the security sector reform including DDR/DIAG, human rights, and the activities of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) that are operating locally.

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