The Security Council is giving strong backing to the United Nations to lead international civilian efforts in Afghanistan as the country starts assuming responsibility for its own security and development.
A resolution extending the mandate of the U.N.'s civilian mission in Afghanistan until March 23, 2012 was adopted unanimously Tuesday by the council.
The Security Council stressed the importance of a comprehensive approach to address the challenges to a successful transition to Afghan security leadership beginning in early 2011. It emphasized that security gains must be supported by improvements in the way the country is governed and in the living standards of the Afghan people.
The council expressed concern at the continuing "alarming threats" posed by the Taliban, al-Qaida, and other extremist groups.