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UN chief calls upon international community to use all tools to counter global terrorist threat in Afghanistan

Sep 08, 2021 21:58 IST

New York [US], September 8 (ANI): Emphasising that Afghanistan must not ever once more be used as a platform or protected haven for terrorist organizations, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has referred to as upon the worldwide neighborhood to behave collectively and use all instruments at its disposal to counter the worldwide terrorist menace within the war-ravaged nation.
In a report titled ‘The state of affairs in Afghanistan and its implications for worldwide peace and safety’, the UN Sectary-General termed the present state of affairs in Afghanistan as extremely “fluid”.
Condemning the suicide blast close to Kabul airport on August 26, Guterres mentioned: “Afghanistan must never again be used as a platform or safe haven for terrorist organizations to threaten or attack any country. I appeal to the Security Council and the international community as a whole to speak with one voice, act together and use all tools at its disposal to counter the global terrorist threat in Afghanistan, ensure that fundamental human rights are respected and support the establishment of an inclusive government.”
Guterres asserted that the world is following occasions in Afghanistan “with a heavy heart and deep disquiet about what lies ahead”.
Expressing concern about heightened ranges of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, he urged the Taliban and all different events to train utmost restraint and referred to as for an instantaneous finish to violence.
He mentioned experiences have emerged from Taliban-held areas of the imposition of restrictions on private and social freedoms and the erosion of ladies’s rights and entry to companies, together with training.
“Scenes of chaos, unrest, uncertainty and fear have caused alarm, as well as trepidation for what lies in the balance in terms of the hope, progress and the dreams of a generation of young Afghan women and girls, boys and men,” the report mentioned.
The report has been submitted pursuant to General Assembly decision 68/11 and Security Council decision 2543 (2020), wherein the Secretary-General was requested to report each three months on developments in Afghanistan.
Along with heightened ranges of violence and displacement, the mixture of pure disasters, extreme drought, flooding and the third wave of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic put practically half of the inhabitants of Afghanistan in dire want of humanitarian help, he famous.

The UN Secretary-General urged the Taliban and all different events to train utmost restraint to guard lives and to make sure that humanitarian wants may be met.
“I call for an immediate end to violence, for the safety, security and rights of all Afghans to be respected, and for adherence to the international obligations of Afghanistan, including all international agreements to which it is a party,” he mentioned.
Guterres mentioned that the United Nations has diminished its presence across the nation via relocations, together with a portion of employees members, who had been moved briefly to Almaty, Kazakhstan, the place they’d proceed to hold out their work on Afghanistan.
“I am extremely concerned about heightened levels of civilian casualties, including of women and child casualties. I call upon the Taliban and all other parties to respect and protect international humanitarian law and the rights and freedoms of all persons. Reports of severe restrictions on human rights throughout the country are highly concerning, particularly accounts of mounting human rights violations against
the women and girls of Afghanistan, who fear a return to the darkest days,” he mentioned.
“It is essential that the hard-won rights of Afghan women and girls are protected. It is also essential to have an inclusive government representing all Afghans, including women and the different ethnic groups,” he added.
The Secretary-General mentioned that the area wants to talk with one voice and show collective actions in help of peace and stability.
The humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan impacts 18 million folks, half of the nation’s inhabitants. It is significant that fundamental companies proceed to be offered, he asserted.
“It is crucial that civil servant salaries continue to be paid, infrastructure is maintained, airports are reopened and health and education services continue. Humanitarian actors, including female staff, must have unimpeded access to deliver timely, life-saving services without bureaucratic delays,” he emphasised.
The Secretary-General referred to as upon all of the member states to help United Nations efforts to make sure the security and safety of all United Nations personnel working in Afghanistan.
“Afghans have known generations of war and hardship and deserve the full support of the international community. They must not be abandoned,” he mentioned. (ANI)



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