Turkish-led Security Council mission to visit Afghanistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 3, 2010 03:02




UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council will visit Afghanistan later this month to evaluate the current situation on the ground, the council president announced Wednesday.

Mexico's UN Ambassador Claude Heller said the exact focus of the trip was still being discussed, but "the main proposal will be to have an evaluation of the current situation in political, economic, social terms and also on security matters."

The UN mission in Afghanistan has a mandate to lead international civilian efforts to provide aid, promote reconstruction and combat corruption. Last year, the council also authorized the mission to strengthen and expand its presence throughout the country to promote good governance and the rule of law.

Heller gave no dates for the trip, but UN diplomats indicated it would likely begin around June 19. The mission will be led by Turkey's UN Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan. whose country has primary responsibility for Afghan matters in the Security Council.


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