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UN approves resolution on
security in Afghanistan

Dharam Shourie at the United Nations

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution supporting the international community's efforts to provide security and work towards a political settlement in Afghanistan following the collapse of the Taleban regime.

The 15-member council voted for the British-French resolution encouraging all countries "to support efforts to ensure the safety and security of areas of Afghanistan no longer under Taleban control, and in particular to ensure respect for Kabul as the capital for all the Afghan people."

The resolution does not explicitly provide for an international force but provides enough authority for coalition troops already in Afghanistan to help maintain law and order in Kabul and areas vacated by the Taleban.

Diplomats said the provision authorised US and Britain to provide the security initially. Besides, France and Russia have offered troops and Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Bangladesh have also shown interest to join the force.

The UN has said it would like a group of countries to provide security under authorisation of the Security Council but is opposed to peacekeeping under UN command.

The resolution also calls for convening an urgent meeting of the various Afghan factions to form a broad-based multi-ethnic provisional government which respects human rights, combats terrorism and fights drug trafficking.

PTI

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