The essential UN Security Council assembly on Afghanistan, held throughout the first week of India’s Presidency of the highly effective world physique, urged members to name for an finish to the violence and hostilities, and helped divulge to the skin world the dire scenario within the war-torn nation, India’s envoy has mentioned.
India assumed the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month on August 1 and wrapped up a busy first week with discussions on Afghanistan on August 6 amidst a deteriorating safety scenario within the nation because the Taliban carried out its army offensive.
A gathering on Afghanistan had not been scheduled through the month as per the Council’s Programme of Work for the month that was adopted on India’s first working day of its Presidency final week.
Afghanistan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar had spoken with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar “to discuss convening an emergency UN Security Council Session” on Afghanistan.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Security Council President for month of August Ambassador T S Tirumurti had additionally mentioned throughout a press convention that he anticipated “probably the Security Council will be looking at this aspect sooner rather than later” on Afghanistan.
“I think the UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan was crucial and timely. It galvanised both Members of the Council and outside to call for an end to the violence and hostilities, and helped reveal to the outside world the dire situation facing Afghanistan and its people, especially women, children and minorities,” TS Tirumurti instructed PTI, as India wrapped up its first week of the Presidency.
Tirumurti mentioned he’s “happy that we could prioritise this meeting and hold it in our first week of Presidency itself.”
At the us assembly, Council members strongly condemned the rise in violence in Afghanistan, with everlasting and veto-wielding member US asserting that the “Taliban must hear from the international community that we will not accept a military takeover of Afghanistan or a return of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate.”
The UNSC assembly on Afghanistan got here because the talks between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban in Doha are stalled and simply days earlier than the “extended Troika” assembly scheduled to be held in Qatar on August 11.
Talks below the format had earlier taken place on March 18 and April 30.
The essential assembly being convened by Russia on the fast-evolving scenario in Afghanistan is predicted to see the participation of Pakistan, China and the US.
During the Council briefing, Afghanistan’s UN envoy Ghulam Isaczai mentioned that the Taliban continued to get pleasure from protected haven in and provide and logistic line prolonged to their battle machine from Pakistan.
“Graphic reports and video of Taliban fighters congregating close to the Durand Line to enter Afghanistan, fundraising events, transfer of dead bodies for mass burial, and treatment of injured Taliban in Pakistani hospitals are emerging and are widely available,” Isaczai instructed the Council.
“This is not only a naked violation of the 1988 UN Security Council sanction regime, but also leads to further erosion of trust and confidence towards establishing a collaborative relationship with Pakistan to end the war in Afghanistan,” Isaczai mentioned.
Stressing that “the future of Afghanistan cannot be its past,” TS Tirumurti, addressing the us briefing in his nationwide capability, mentioned terrorist protected havens and sanctuaries within the area should be dismantled instantly and terrorist provide chains disrupted, a reference to Pakistan, as New Delhi pressured it’s time for the Security Council to determine on actions to make sure a right away cessation of violence.
“It needs to be ensured that Afghanistan’s neighbours and the region are not threatened by terrorism, separatism and extremism. There needs to be zero tolerance for terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” he mentioned, including that “it’s equally necessary to make sure that the territory of Afghanistan isn’t utilized by terrorist teams to threaten or assault every other nation.
Those offering materials and monetary help to terrorist entities should be held accountable, he mentioned.
India’s second week of the Presidency will open with Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing a high-level digital open debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security — A case for International Cooperation” on August 9.
The assembly on maritime safety, one of many three signature occasions scheduled throughout India’s presidency, assumes significance as this would be the first time that an Indian prime minister could be presiding over a gathering of the UN Security Council.
“The Maritime Security high-level occasion with be the primary of its sort within the Security Council. This holistic idea has by no means been mentioned earlier than within the Council. This can also be one thing of excessive precedence to our Prime Minister for worldwide peace and safety,” Tirumurti said, adding that “Our Mission has labored carefully with the UN Secretariat and with different member states of the Council, to place this high-level occasion collectively.”
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