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Afghanistan’s future arrangements should be broadly representative: Chinese envoy

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: A Chinese UN envoy said that Afghanistan’s future arrangements should be broadly representative and inclusive.

“In our view, Afghanistan’s future arrangements should be broadly representative and inclusive, so that all parties, ethnic groups, and religious sects in Afghanistan can participate on equal footing and share state power,” Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council meeting on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

“The international community should fully respect the will of the Afghan people, and ensure the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned negotiation process,” said the envoy.

“No external forces should be allowed to impose their will or seek gains,” Geng added.

Noting that the Afghan peace and reconciliation process “has now entered a period crucial to its future,” Geng said that “China welcomes the first intra-Afghan negotiations launched in Doha on Sept. 12 and congratulates both sides on reaching an agreement on the rules and procedures for negotiations a few days ago.”

“The next stage of negotiation will feature substantive discussions with a higher level of difficulty. Both sides need to show more political wisdom and resolve. The international community needs to increase its attention and input,” Geng stressed.

“History has proven time and again that the Afghan issue can only be resolved by political means,” said the envoy.

He underscored that the use of force will only plunge the country deeper into war. “We hope that the two sides will consolidate the positive momentum, remain constructive and perseverant in talks, striving for an outcome in favor of peace, and find an effective political solution at an early date.”

Talking about the security situation, Geng said that violence in Afghanistan “remains unrelenting.”

He cited the UN secretary-general’s report as stating that the number of recorded violent incidents in October this year was the highest since 2007.

“The international community should continue to support the Afghan security forces in strengthening capacity building, combating terrorism, protecting civilians and improving the security situation,” said Geng.

“China calls on all parties in Afghanistan to respond positively to secretary-general’s call for global ceasefire and stop the violence and hostilities without delay,” the ambassador said.

“Under the current security situation, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan should be orderly and responsible, in order to avoid leaving a security vacuum to the detriment of the national interests of Afghanistan and regional countries,” he added.

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