UN chief emphasizes engagement with Taliban, urges inclusive Afghan government

UNITED NATIONS, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – September 12, 2021): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said dialogue with the Taliban is “absolutely essential” because the UN wants the war-torn country plays a “constructive role” in international relations.

“We want the Afghan people to live in peace; that we want the Afghan people to be able to end the dramatic suffering that has existed in the past; », He declared during a press conference before the 76th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

“We naturally want the Afghan government to be an inclusive government, representing the different sectors of the Afghan people; that we want Afghanistan to never again be a haven for terrorism; that we want basic human rights, and I am of course particularly concerned about respecting the rights of women and girls, and that we want Afghanistan to play a constructive role in international relations. This is what we all want, ”the UN chief said, responding to a question.

“Now,” he added, “it is important that regardless of different strategies, different forms of contact, all countries are able to convey the same message and engage with the Taliban effectively.

“Our choice, as the UN, was clear: the UN does not have the influence that others have, as we know, but the UN has been in Afghanistan since 47. The UN has a key role to play in humanitarian aid to a people. who is now in dire straits.

“And so, we decided that it was our duty to engage the Taliban, to create the conditions for the possibility of effective, impartial humanitarian aid, to reach all areas and to take into account our concerns about the women and girls, for example. , to engage the Taliban.

“This is the reason why I sent Martin Griffiths (the UN humanitarian chief) to Kabul,” the secretary-general said, adding that he was the first person in the world at this level to be there. surrender to talk to Taliban leaders.

“We are constantly engaging with the Taliban, and we believe that a dialogue with the Taliban is absolutely essential at this time.” Responding to a question about the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) which is due for renewal next week, Guterres said he believed that “it is not possible with the level of unpredictability of making a new mandate for UNAMA, a whole new mandate for UNAMA, with the new government in Kabul.

“I hope that the consensus will be over a short technical period, which will allow time to have a clearer perspective on the situation in Afghanistan and on what the role of the UN should be,” Guterres said.

He said he thinks it is prudent to do a technical rotation and have the time to commit enough to be able to have a clearer perspective on the future, “to define the characteristics of UNAMA’s mandate. which will necessarily be different from the current mandate, for different reasons. While the decision on the renewal of UNAMA’s mandate will be taken by member states, Guterres said he hoped that it would be “possible to have a brief technical rotation to allow for better preparation, the new mandate of the UNAMA. MANUA, taking into account the new realities. “

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