UNAMA was established by the Council in 2002 in order to help Afghanistan achieve peace and development.
In the Monday resolution, the Security Council also reiterated “its concern about the security situation in Afghanistan, in particular the ongoing violent and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other violent and extremist groups.”
The country’s third presidential and provincial council election is slated for April 5. The current two-term president, Hamid Karzai, will not be eligible to run.
Since the start of the election campaign on Feb. 2 at least a dozen election workers have been killed or injured by anti- government militants.
The Taliban warned the Afghan people to stay away from polling stations and election offices if they do not want to be harmed. It has ordered its fighters to target candidates, election workers, election activists, and persons who provide security for the election personnel as well as candidates.
The Security Council “condemns in the strongest terms all attacks, including Improvised Explosive Device attacks, suicide attacks, assassinations and abductions, targeting civilians and Afghan and international forces,” said the resolution.
The most powerful UN body further called upon the Afghan government, with the assistance of the international community, to “continue to address the threat to the security and stability of Afghanistan posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other violent and extremist groups.”