UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday extended by 12 months the authorization of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and called on all Afghan parties to "engage constructively in peaceful political dialogue."
In a unanimously adopted resolution that was drafted by Turkey, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, the authorization of ISAF was extended until Oct. 13, 2011.
The UN-mandated ISAF is operated under the auspices of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The Security Council determined that "the situation in Afghanistan still constitutes a threat to international peace and security," the resolution said.
In particular, the resolution expressed "its strong concern about the security situation in Afghanistan," and stressed increased violent and terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al- Qaida, and other illegal armed groups, which has resulted in a high number of civilian casualties.
The Security Council underlined "the central and impartial role that the United Nations continues to play in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan by leading the efforts of the international community," the resolution said.
Meanwhile, the new resolution also called on all Afghan parties and groups to "engage constructively in peaceful political dialogue" as requested at the Consultative Peace Jirga held in Kabul, the Afghan capital, last June within the framework of the Afghan Constitution.
The resolution welcomed the "increasing leadership role played by the Afghan authorities in security responsibilities throughout the country," and stressed the importance of the planned expansion of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.
Council members also requested member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources to ISAF, recognizing the need to "further strength" the force, said the resolution.
The resolution authorizes the member states participating in ISAF to take all necessary measures to fulfill its mandate.