UNSC calls for immediate formation of representative government in Afghanistan

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

17th Aug, 2021. 09:47 am
UNSC calls for immediate formation of representative government in Afghanistan

The UN Security Council called for the immediate formation of a representative government in Afghanistan in which women have an equal share.

An emergency UN Security Council meeting was held in New York following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, urging the international community to unite and prevent Afghanistan from being used for terrorism.

UNSC called on the international community to work together to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a breeding ground for terrorism,

The Security Council requested that in addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ongoing inspections in Iran, that it monitor Iran’s compliance with “the steps required by the IAEA Board”.

“The world must unite to deal with the threat of global terrorism in Afghanistan,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the meeting.

Addressing an emergency meeting following the departure of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, Antonio Guterres said: The community has to unite.

“I urge the Security Council and the international community to come together, work together and show solidarity,” he said.

Stressing on all countries of the world, he said, “Use all means to eliminate the threat of global terrorism in Afghanistan and guarantee that basic human rights are respected.”

During the meeting, the United States welcomed Antonio Guterres’ statement and US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said, “We urge all parties to stop terrorism.”

“We must all make sure that Afghanistan never again becomes a breeding ground for terrorism,” she said.

“The rights of women and girls in Afghanistan need to be protected. The world is watching. We cannot leave the people of Afghanistan alone,” said Antonio Guterres.

The Security Council requested that in addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ongoing inspections in Iran, that it monitor Iran’s compliance with “the steps required by the IAEA Board”.

The statement said that a new government should be formed there “in which there should be unity, participation and representation of all and in which women should be given an equal share”.

During the Security Council meeting, Ghulam M. Ishaqzai, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, urged members not to recognize the Taliban government.

China has said it is ready for friendly and cooperative cooperation with the next government in Afghanistan.

Russia has confirmed that it has made contact with the new administration.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi slammed India for stopping Pakistan to address a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Afghanistan for the second time this month.

He wrote on Twitter, “It is unfortunate that Pakistan was denied the opportunity to speak at today’s UNSC meeting on Afghanistan once again. After Afghanistan, it is undeniably Pakistan that has been a victim of decades of this conflict.”

The Minister added, “at this critical juncture in the destiny of Afghanistan, India’s partisan & obstructionist actions, repeatedly politicising this multilateral platform who’s raison dêtre is peace, speaks volumes of their intention for Afghanistan & the region.”

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