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U.S., allies urge Taliban to abide by promises

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KABUL: The U.S. and a host of allied countries have called on the Taliban government to end the targeted killings of former members of Afghan security forces, a claim the Taliban have been denying since an HRW report last week.

Some 22 nations in a joint statement demanded the Taliban respect its pledge not to harm former government or security personnel and abide by its promise of general amnesty for all Afghans.

“We are deeply concerned by reports of summary killings and enforced disappearances,” the statement says.

The statement comes after a report was released by Human Rights Watch on Tuesday alleging more than a hundred former Afghan security forces had been killed or forcibly disappeared by the Taliban since their surrender in late summer.

In their statement Saturday, the 21 countries, including the United States, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, said the alleged actions “constitute serious human rights abuses and contradict the Taliban’s announced amnesty.”

“We call on the Taliban to effectively enforce the amnesty for former members of the Afghan security forces and former Government officials to ensure that it is upheld across the country and throughout their ranks,” the statement said.

The countries called for a full and transparent investigation of the allegations made by Human Rights Watch.

“Those responsible must be held accountable,” Saturday’s statement read. “We will continue to measure the Taliban by their actions.”

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