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Reinforced international coordination required in Afghanistan: Ban

world Updated: Jan 05, 2010 09:29 IST

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Calling for the creation of a "reinforced international coordination structure" in Afghanistan, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has described the possibility of establishing a new civilian structure to enhance coordination in the war-torn country.

"The Secretary-General says that we are now at a critical juncture, and adds that there is a need for a reinforced international coordination structure in Afghanistan, under a UN umbrella," Ban's spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters in New York.

In his latest report on Afghanistan, Ban underlines the need to strengthen the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) with experienced staff that can engage with key donor governments.

"In this regard, my Special Representative also believes that appointing a senior civilian official within the International Security Assistance Force would help to improve coordination of its political and development efforts," he writes.

On Sunday, the Secretary General's Special Representative in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, called on the international community to "demilitarise" its overall approach in Afghanistan.