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Security Council welcomes results of Paris Conference.

Byline: Lalit K Jha

Security Council welcomes results of Paris Conference

Lalit K Jha - Jun 17, 2008 - 08:28

UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The UN Security Council Monday welcomed the outcome of the last week's Paris Conference in which as many as 80 countries and international organizations renewed their commitment to Afghanistan.

"The members of the Security Council welcome the holding in Paris, on 12 June, of the 'International Conference in support of Afghanistan,' co-chaired by the Governments of Afghanistan and France and the Secretary-General of the United Nations," the Security Council President for the month of June, the US Ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, said reading out a statement after a meeting of the Security Council.

The Paris Conference last week resulted in a firm commitment of $20 billion from the international community. It also adopted a declaration in which participants voiced their support for the Strategy which they said "will be our road map for joint action over the next five years and sets our shared priorities."

The 15-member body "welcomed the reaffirmation of the long-term partnership between Afghanistan and the international community, the aim of which is to give the people of Afghanistan a better future, including in terms of security, prosperity and human rights."

Khalilzad said the Council also welcomed the commitment of participants to support the ANDS, "including by making generous and unprecedented financial pledges, which demonstrated continuing international resolve," as well as the Government's commitment to pursue political and economic reform, to work with the international community and to take leadership for its development. ANDS stands for Afghan National Development Strategy.

Khalilzad said the Council stressed the need to continue to address the threat to the country's security and stability posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, illegal armed groups, criminals and those involved in the narcotics trade.

Security Council reaffirmed once again their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan, he said.

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