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UNSC supports Afghan-led peace process

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday announced its support to Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and extended its mandate in Afghanistan by another year.

The Security Council in a unanimous resolution has approved the findings of a critical evaluation of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)’s mandated tasks, priorities and related resources and emphasized on the implementation of the UN Secretary General’s recommendations in that areas.

During the debate over the extension of UNAMA mission in Afghanistan, representatives from various countries highlighted women’s vital role in achieving a sustainable peace and security after years of conflict, taking lives of innocent Afghans.

The UNAMA mission has been extended in support of Afghanistan’s assumption of leadership and ownership of the governance, security and development.

Extending its full support to the Afghan‑led and Afghan‑owned peace process and reconciliation process, SC called on regional and international community to support the Kabul Process to prevail lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Expressing serious concerns over the terrorist attacks by the Taliban militants, the notorious Haqqani terror network, Al-Qaeda and the loyalists of the Islamic State, also known as Daesh terrorist group and stressed on all states to further strengthen their security cooperation to lead humanity toward peace, prosperity and progress for all.

Addressing to the Security Council, Deputy Chairperson of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, Habibi Sarabi said the tireless efforts by women themselves and the country’s constitution have enabled the Afghan women to be engaged in political and social affairs.

She said Taliban would be recognized as a political party, after reconciliation with the militant group on the condition of respect and obedience to the country’s constitution and right of women.

Sarabi called on the international community to sustainably support Afghanistan in every walk of life to defeat terrorism and establish lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and around the World. “Stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in the interests of all,” Sarabi said.

However, Mariam Safi, Executive Director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies was not optimistic in the reconciliation with Taliban and cautioned that the hope of a brighter future was beginning to fade.

She said zones in Afghanistan have been turned into battlefield.

“For Afghan women, it is imperative for the State to define the type of peace that would ensue from negotiations,” she added.

She urged the Security Council to press Pakistan to shun terror havens and eliminate terrorist outfits on its soil and force it to support and Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Moreover, Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan, said upcoming elections in Afghanistan with all groups represented could provide an opportunity to ensure that unity and stability prevailed.

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