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UN Urged to Meet Afghan Commitments

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TEHRAN, June 2 (ICANA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called on the United Nations to meet its commitments to provide security in Afghanistan.
Thursday, June 02, 2011 10:24:50 AM
UN Urged to Meet Afghan Commitments

In a Wednesday meeting with the UN's special representative to Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, Salehi referred to the presence of a large number of Afghan people in Iran, and pointed out that security, stability, welfare, and economic progress of Afghanistan are important to Iran, a foreign ministry statement said.

The top Iranian diplomat also criticized the US-led foreign military presence in Afghanistan and described the strategic security pact between Kabul and Washington as a threat to peace and security in the region.

He also noted that the US must fulfill its pledge to withdraw the forces from Afghanistan and let Afghans take over control.

In addition, the Iranian minister underscored the significance of Afghanistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

De Mistura, for his part, elaborated on the UN's agenda in international meetings, saying that the Afghans' handling of security, national reconciliation in Afghanistan and the reconstruction of the battle-weary Asian country would be discussed at the second Bonn summit, to be held in Bonn, Germany in December.

The UN official highlighted the Islamic Republic's key role in the region and said Iran's presence at the summit would be effective.

De Mistura further regretted the loss of civilian lives in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

At least 14 civilians, including five girls, seven boys and two women, were killed during one of NATO's night raids in the southern province of Helmand on May 27.

One day after the attack, Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued an ultimatum to the United States and its allies, saying all unilateral military operations and night raids must come to an immediate stop.

The Western alliance, however, said it would not stop nighttime airstrikes, claiming that dozens of militants are being killed and detained each month in the raids.

Local and international sources say a large number of civilians lose their lives during the airstrikes by the US-led forces.

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