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US Ambassador Susan Rice on Wednesday

said the Afghan Government briefed the Security Council members during their

trip to Afghanistan last week on Afghan-led reconciliation and reintegration

efforts designed to pull insurgent commanders and fighters off the battle

field, and urged them to help remove a few names off the UN consolidated list. Addressing the council during an open meeting to debate the situation in

Afghanistan, Rice said President Hamid Karzai emphasized in this context the

"importance" of removing some names from the council consolidated list of

individuals and entities related to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. "In consultation with other (sanctions) committee members, we are

thoroughly reviewing each and every individual and entity on the list and

determining on a case by case basis whether the listings remain appropriate.

The US continues to support delisting reconciled Taliban who cut their ties to

Al-Qaida, laid down their arms and accept the Afghan Constitution," she said. During the trip, she noted, the council members "underscored to our Afghan

partners that providing credible information on each individual being

considered for removal from the consolidated list - is vital and urgent."

The council members visited Afghanistan from June 21-24. It was led by

Turkish Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan who told the council today that a

comprehensive approach is needed in Afghanistan, including security,

governance, rule of law, human rights, social and economic development, and

"should not be limited to only military means."

In his latest report to the council on the situation in Afghanistan,

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the overall security situation in

Afghanistan "has not improved" during the last three months and there is a

broad consensus that the Afghan conflict requires a regional solution

supported by neighbouring countries. "A stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan is in the interest of all

neighbours and the region," he stressed, adding that the UN Assistance Mission

in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is ready to provide opportunities for dialogue among

key regional stakeholders and to facilitate discussions that can contribute to

the peace process in Afghanistan. Following the meeting, council President Claude Heller of Mexico told

reporters the council condemned yesterday's killing of a UN staff member in

Kabul. Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special envoy for Afghanistan, also gave a

comprehensive briefing to the council on the situation in Afghanistan and the

preparations for the upcoming elections in September. Asked about the change in the US military leadership in Afghanistan after

the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal and the confirmation of his

successor General David Petraeus, de Mistura said "I can only speak well of

General McChrystal. On the other hand, I feel extremely comfortable with the

arrival of General Petraeus. He is someone I've seen work hard and effectively

in Iraq when I was myself in Iraq."

On the killing of Afghan civilians, de Mistura said "General McChrystal

already has started being particularly careful about the civilian casualties,

and I am sure General Petraeus, as he did in Iraq, will make special effort to

reduce to the minimum the civilian casualties in Afghanistan."

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Date:Jun 30, 2010
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