United Nations Security Council Resolution 1563

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1563
FRF2 Afghanistan.JPG
ISAF soldier in Afghanistan
Date17 September 2004
Meeting no.5,038
CodeS/RES/1563 (Document)
SubjectThe situation in Afghanistan
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1563, adopted unanimously on 17 September 2004, after reaffirming all resolutions on the situation in Afghanistan, particularly resolutions 1386 (2001), 1413 (2002), 1444 (2002) and 1510 (2003), and resolutions 1368 (2001) and 1373 (2001) on terrorism, the Council extended the authorisation of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for a further period of one year.[1]



The Security Council recognised that the responsibility for providing security and law and order throughout Afghanistan resided with Afghans themselves. It recalled the Bonn Agreement and its provision for the progressive expansion of ISAF to other areas beyond Kabul. The Council also stressed the importance of the expansion of central government authority, security sector reform and comprehensive disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of all armed forces. There were concerns that the Bonn Agreement could not be fully implemented due to the security situation in parts of the country.

The resolution welcomed the co-operation of the Afghan Transitional Administration and the intention of ISAF and Operation Enduring Freedom to assist with national elections. It also appreciated Eurocorps for taking lead of ISAF in place of Canada. The Council determined the situation in Afghanistan to be a threat to international peace and security.


Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council expanded the mandate of ISAF for a period of twelve months beyond 13 October 2004. ISAF was asked to work with the Transitional Administration and its successors, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Operation Enduring Freedom.[2]

States participating in the force were authorised to use all necessary measures to fulfil the mandate, while other Member States were asked to contribute personnel and resources to the operation.[3] Finally, the ISAF leadership was requested to provide quarterly reports on the implementation of its mandate.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Security Council extends authorisation for Afghanistan security force for 12 months". United Nations. 17 September 2004.
  2. ^ Swain, Ashok (2009). The democratization project: opportunities and challenges. Anthem Press. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-84331-314-4.
  3. ^ United Nations (2007). United Nations Juridical Yearbook 2004. United Nations Publications. p. 126. ISBN 978-92-1-133767-9.

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