Afghanistan Security Council consults on new UN mission aims to act soon

After meeting in closed-door consultations on the situation in Afghanistan, particularly the establishment of a new United Nations assistance mission in the country, members of the Security Council today expressed hope to act soon on a draft resolution submitted by France. Following the informal session late Wednesday afternoon, the Council President, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, told the press that the 15-member body had held “a useful discussion” on the draft, which, he said, “we hope can be adopted shortly.” Acknowledging the importance of maintaining security in Kabul, Council members also expressed their intention to extend the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) beyond the current 20 June expiration date, Ambassador Kolby said.