11 January 2005

Press Statement on Afghanistan by Security Council President

     NEW YORK, 10 January (UN Headquarters) -- Following is today’s press statement on Afghanistan by Security Council President César Mayoral (Argentina):

     The Security Council received a briefing by Mr. Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan, on the situation in Afghanistan and the work of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

     The Security Council supports the work of UNAMA and commends the work done by the Mission in accordance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.

     The Security Council looks forward to the holding of parliamentarian and local elections in Afghanistan in the spring of 2005.

     The Security Council calls upon the international community to support efforts currently under way on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of Afghan militias and on combating the production and trafficking of narcotics.

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