Washington, United States:
The United Nations’ envoy to Afghanistan referred to as on the Taliban Friday to stop its assaults on main cities instantly as she warned the conflict-torn nation was heading for “catastrophe.”
Deborah Lyons, head of the United Nations Afghanistan assist operation, painted a grim image of the nation’s deteriorating scenario throughout a particular assembly on the UN headquarters in New York.
“The Security Council must issue an unambiguous statement that attacks against cities must stop now,” Lyons instructed the 15-member council through video-link from Kabul.
The Taliban management massive swathes of the countryside and at the moment are difficult Afghan authorities forces in a number of massive cities, together with Herat, close to the western border with Iran, in addition to Laskhar Gah and Kandahar within the south.
The conflict has more and more spilled into the capital Kabul too, with insurgents capturing useless the top of the Afghan authorities’s media data on Friday.
The insurgents have taken benefit of the safety vacuum left by the withdrawal of US forces.
Fighting has raged since May, when US and different overseas forces started the primary stage of a troop withdrawal on account of be accomplished later this month.
“Today we have an opportunity,” Lyons pleaded with the council.
“An opportunity to demonstrate the commitment of the UN Security Council, and the regional and international community that you represent to prevent Afghanistan from descending into a situation of catastrophe, so serious that it would have few, if any parallels in this century,” she stated.
Lyons added that nations assembly with Taliban representatives ought to “insist on a general ceasefire” and a “resumption” of the negotiations.
She stated a journey ban exemption permitting Taliban members to journey just for the aim of peace negotiations ought to solely be prolonged subsequent month “predicated on real progress on peace.”
“The council should give serious consideration to providing the United Nations with a mandate that allows it to play, when requested by both parties, a greater role in facilitating negotiations,” Lyons added.
The public assembly was referred to as Thursday following requests from Estonia, Norway and Afghanistan.
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