We thank you, Ambassador Vuk Žugić, for organizing today’s meeting and for outlining the priorities of the 2015 Chairmanship of Security Committee.
We congratulate the Romanian SC Chairmanship and wish you, Mr. Chairman, every success!
Afghanistan remains committed to its close co-operation with the OSCE in 2015, across all three dimensions, and security clearly continues to be one of our priorities in our collaboration with the OSCE. In particular, border management and security are vital issues.
2014 was a special year for Afghanistan, with the completion of the transition process, and the elections. We accomplished advancements in a number of areas, including economy, security and politics – with the generous assistance of our international friends and partners.
With the completion of the security transition and the drawdown of NATO/ISAF, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are now fully in charge of the security in the country. They have shown their professional capability during the 2014 elections, and also in recent months. As it was previously done by women and youth organizations, as well as by both houses of the parliament, more than 5000 religious leaders from across the country gathered in Kabul last week to express their resolute support for the ANSF, using the slogan of “long live the ANSF”.
We stand now at the beginning of our Decade of Transformation (2015-2024) and we will be looking to seize every opportunity while vigorously tackling all remaining challenges. Here, we continuously require the strong support of the international community, with a view to consolidating and expanding on what has been achieved so far. I thank all colleagues who emphasized this morning the necessity of OSCE’s continued support for Afghanistan.
Let me also thank Mr. Alexey Lyzhenkov, OSCE’s Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats (Transnational Threats Department – TNTD) for presenting the TNTD’s strategic outlook 2015, Afghanistan has taken good advantage of TNTD’s programmes through participation in all its sessions and workshops, and I am confident we will be able to further strengthen our close co-operation this year.