UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt resolution 2011, which gave one-year extension to the US-led 130,000 international force deployed to quell insurgencies in Afghanistan. The resolution welcomed the agreement between Afghanistan and troop-contributing States to gradually transfer key security responsibilities to the Afghan Government by the end of 2014. It urged UN member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources to ISAF, and to continue to support security and stability in Afghanistan. The council encouraged ISAF and other partners to continue training, monitoring and empowering the Afghan national security forces to accelerate progress towards 'self-sufficient, sustainable, accountable and ethnically balanced Afghan security forces providing security and ensuring the rule of law throughout the country. It welcomed the increasing leadership role played by the Afghan authorities in security responsibilities throughout the country, and stressed the importance of supporting the planned expansion of the Afghan Army and the Afghan police. The Council called upon ISAF and NATO senior civilian representatives to continue to work in close consultation with the Afghan Government. and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, in accordance with a Security Council resolution earlier this year, as well as with the Operation Enduring Freedom coalition in the implementation of the ISAF mandate. It expressed serious concern over the security situation in the country, particular the ongoing violence and acts of terror by the Taliban, al Qaeda, other illegal armed groups and criminals, including those involved in the narcotics trade, and the strong links between terrorism and illicit drugs. The Council voiced concern over the high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, particularly women and children, the majority of which it said were caused by Taliban, al Qaeda and other violent and extremist groups. It took note of the further progress made by ISAF and other international forces to minimise civilian casualties and urged them to continue to 'undertake enhanced efforts to prevent civilian casualties, including the increased focus on protecting the Afghan population as a central element of the mission.