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UN urges Taliban to protect civilians

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KABUL: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has demanded the Taliban to take practical measures in protection of civilian lives.

The UNAMA said that they had meeting with Taliban leaders this week in Doha where the UN concerns over “the great pains inflected on Afghan civilians” were shared with the militant leaders.

“The UNAMA called on Taliban to stay committed in the protection of civilian lives,” it said.

The UNAMA has recently expressed concerns over the increased violence and civilian casualties in Afghanistan, saying that civilian casualties had a 41 per cent increase since the intra-Afghan dialogues began in Qatar in September.

The UN mission in Afghanistan also warned against lose of achievements gained in the past 20 years after the US withdrawal especially the future of women, minorities, human right activists and journalists.

“We call on all parties to resume the stalled peace negotiations and agree on an urgent cease fire for protecting civilian lives.”

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