UNITED NATIONS, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The following are the quotable quotes from an open debate of the United Nations Security Council on the situation of Afghanistan on Tuesday:
"Let us work as hard as possible to ensure that this transition leads to the stable, prosperous and safe future that the country's people deserve... We should continue providing good offices, including support for elections. We should maintain our work for reconciliation and regional cooperation. We must stand firm for human rights. And we must advance development." -- Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general
"Together with the international community, we developed the parameters of future cooperation to ensure building a peaceful, stable, prosperous Afghanistan that is able to stand on its own feet... More will need to be done to crystallize all aspects of cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community, including the shaping of our relations with the region." -- Zahir Tanin, the Afghan permanent representative to the United Nations
"China supports the peace and reconciliation process led by the Afghan government. We hope that the government would listen carefully to the views of the people and various political factions, expand the basis of reconciliation and achieve greater progress." -- Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations
"Afghanistan has made substantial economic progress over the past 10 years, but a number of challenges remain. As Afghanistan continues to move towards economic self-reliance, it will be vital to build confidence in the Afghan economy and attract and retain foreign and domestic investment." -- Vygaudas Usackas, special representative of the European Union for Afghanistan
"Afghanistan has become one of the largest development partners of Finland. Our total official development assistance to Afghanistan between 2013 to 2017 is scheduled to be almost 200 million U.S. dollars... A lot remains to be done, and no backsliding can be allowed. Afghan citizens, in particular women, still face insecurity in public spaces and at home, as well as lack of access to an effective and fair justice system and legal representation." -- Erkki Tuomjoja, foreign minister of Finland
"As Afghanistan moves through transition to its transforming decade, it is important to note the progress that has been made over the last 10 years. Afghanistan -- through the leadership of its government, determination of its people and support of international community -- has come a long way." -- Bob Carr, foreign minister of Australia
"Donor-fatigue and fiscal constraints in international economic climate should not squeeze the inflows of assistance and investment into Afghanistan. It is imperative that all pledges are honored and translated into action." -- Mashood Khan, the Pakistani permanent representative to the United Nations.