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UN Security Council lauds outcome of Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan

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UN Security Council lauds outcome of Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan

The UN Security Council said on Monday that it welcomed the outcome of an international conference on Afghanistan held in Tokyo earlier this month.

The Tokyo Conference was hosted by Japan on July 8. The Conference brought together delegates from 80 countries and international organizations to chalk out plans for Afghanistan head of the withdrawal of foreign troops by the end of 2014 and to review the achievements made by the Afghan government in the past 10 years.

The international donors pledged USD 16bn aid to Afghanistan over the next four years conditional upon Afghan government’s effort towards fighting corruption and transparent management of the aid.

In the statement, the Security Council welcomed the adoption of the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework in which the Afghan government and the international community reaffirmed their mutual commitments.

The statement said that the council welcomed the “generous pledges” made by the donors, as well as their commitment to “sustain support through 2017 at or near levels of the past decade.”

Meanwhile, the 15-nation council also stressed the increasing role of the neighboring and regional countries as well as new partners for the sustainable development of Afghanistan and the entire region.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the crucial role of UNAMA and the United Nations in Afghanistan and reaffirmed its continued commitment to a peaceful future for Afghanistan,” added the statement.

UNAMA, which refers to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, has been in the central Asian nation since 2002, at the request of the Afghan government, to assist in laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development.

In March this year, the Security Council renewed UNAMA’s mandate until March 2013.

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