By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomed the announcement of the United Nations Security Council and calls for an emergency meeting of the Council to address the situation in Afghanistan and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe caused by Taliban violence.
The members of the UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on the United Nations compound in Herat that took place on Friday and resulted in the death of one security guard.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the UN said: “The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the high levels of violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s military offensive, and called for an immediate reduction of violence.
“They also expressed deep concern about the number of reported serious human rights abuses and violations in communities affected by the ongoing armed conflict across the country,” the statement read.
Members of the UNSC emphasized that all parties must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law in all circumstances, including those related to the protection of civilians.
They underlined that deliberate attacks targeting civilians, United Nations personnel and United Nations compounds may constitute war crimes, and stressed the urgent and imperative need to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The UNSC also called on both the Afghan government and the Taliban to engage meaningfully in an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in order to make urgent progress towards a political settlement and a ceasefire.
The members of the Security Council recognized that a sustainable peace can be achieved only through a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that aims at a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, as well as an inclusive, just and realistic political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
UN Security Council calls for immediate end of #Afghanistan violence. UNSC says its deeply concerned about serious human rights violations. Deliberate attacks against Afghan civilians or UN trying to help Afghans may be war crimes.