Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, votes at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Foreign Affairs Ministry)

Indonesia Instrumental in UN Security Council Extending Mission in Afghanistan

BY :NUR YASMIN

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Jakarta. The United Nations Security Council passed through a resolution to extend its mission in Afghanistan, which was drafted by Indonesia, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) was established in March 2002 to support the people and government of Afghanistan in achieving peace and stability. 

"This resolution is powered by Indonesia in cooperation with Germany and mandates various UN supports for the government and the people of Afghanistan to create peace and improve development," Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, said on Tuesday.

The ambassador said the resolution was not easy to get through, but Indonesia's diplomacy managed to bridge differences in the Security Council and prevented any veto from the permanent members of the council.

The Unama extension resolution is Indonesia's first-ever resolution draft. 

The resolution extends the mission's mandate until Sept. 17 next year. It also gives a new mandate for the mission to support the Afghanistan government in human rights, gender equality, women empowerment and child protection.

Unama also mandates support for Afghanistan's presidential election on Sept. 28, marking the foundation of democracy in the country.

Indonesia has been active in peacebuilding in Afghanistan. In May last year, the largest Muslim-majority country in the world held the Trilateral Ulema Conference in Bogor which also involved Muslim leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

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