UN extends special coordinator Sinirlioglu’s term until February

The United Nations will convene a second meeting of special envoys for Afghanistan at an appropriate time, according to UN spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay on Thursday, adding that the special coordinator Feridun Sinirlioglu’s term was also extended until February.

Sinirlioglu was appointed to the post in April 2023 to conduct a special assessment of Afghanistan.

‘The Secretary-General plans to organize a second meeting of special envoys for Afghanistan to reinforce international consensus on future steps and to discuss recommendations from the independent assessment,’ Tremblay stated.

“To assist with preparations for the envoys’ meeting and related consultations, the term of Special Coordinator Feridun Sinirlioglu has been extended through the end of February,” Tremblay added.

She noted that the Security Council, in its Dec. 29 resolution on Afghanistan, requested the Secretary-General to brief it on these consultations within 60 days.

She also mentioned that Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roza Otunbayeva continues to lead the daily operations and engagements of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as its head.

Sinirlioglu presented his assessment report on Afghanistan to the UN Security Council in November, recommending the appointment of a special envoy for the country.”