Insecurity Will Not Deter UN’s Work in Southern Afghanistan, Says Top Envoy

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–20 May 2010 – The United Nations is committed to having an active presence in the southern part of Afghanistan, despite the insecurity in the region, the top United Nations envoy to the country pledged today.

“The UN has been here in this country and, particularly in the southern region, for a long time, and will continue to be there in support and by the side of the people of Kandahar even when times get difficult,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

Mr. de Mistura, who also serves as head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), paid a one-day visit to the area to assess the situation on the ground, as well as meet with local leaders and authorities and UN staff.

The Special Representative had constructive discussions with Governor Tooryalai Wesa and the Chairman of Kandahar’s Provincial Council, Ahmad Wali Karzai.

He also met with tribal elders and heard their concerns on the security situation and access to humanitarian relief.

The world body has an active presence in the southern region, where UNAMA has a number of field offices and several UN agencies are working to assist local communities and provide vital humanitarian assistance.