U.N. says Afghan war has entered ‘deadlier and more destructive phase’

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UNITED NATIONS, Aug 6 (Businesshala) – The UN special envoy for Afghanistan on Friday questioned the Taliban’s commitment to a political settlement, telling the UN Security Council that the war was entering a “deadly and more destructive phase”. in which more than 1,000 civilians have been killed. Last month during the Taliban attack.

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Deborah Lyons said, “A party that was really committed to a negotiated settlement would not risk so many civilian casualties, because it would understand that the more challenging the reconciliation process, the more blood would be shed.”

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The Taliban have intensified their campaign to defeat the US-backed government since April as foreign forces complete their withdrawal after 20 years of war. The Taliban captured an Afghan provincial capital in Kabul on Friday and killed the government’s top media official.

“It’s a different kind of war now, reminiscent of Syria’s, recently, or Sarajevo, in the not too distant past,” Leon said.

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“To attack urban areas is to deliberately inflict heavy casualties and massive civilian casualties. Nevertheless, the threat of large urban areas appears to be a strategic decision by the Taliban, who have acknowledged the potential massacre,” she said. .

He said the United Nations expects the number of both irregular and legal migration to double this year.

Peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban negotiators began in Qatar’s capital Doha last year, but no concrete progress has been made.

Russia’s UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzia told the council that the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan is of growing concern and that “with the withdrawal of foreign forces, the outlook looks grim.”

“The prospect of a full-scale collapse of Afghanistan and a prolonged civil war is, unfortunately, a bitter reality,” Nebenzia said.

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Britain’s UN Ambassador Barbara Woodward said the council should “leave the Taliban in no doubt that there will be consequences for them if they continue this military offensive” and pledged that Britain would support a Taliban government. Will not recognize those who come to power by force.

The UN Security Council has the ability to impose targeted sanctions on Taliban individuals or entities that threaten the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan.

Senior US diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis urged the Taliban to halt their attack, strike a political settlement and protect Afghanistan’s infrastructure and people.

“The Taliban must hear from the international community that we will not accept the military takeover of Afghanistan or the return of the Taliban to the Islamic Emirate,” he said.

The goal of foreign forces is to be completely out of Afghanistan by September 11. US-backed Afghan forces ousted the Taliban from power in 2001 after refusing to hand over al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States.

Deputy Chinese UN ambassador Dai Bing said foreign forces withdrawing from Afghanistan “should be more transparent with regional countries and refrain from leaving behind all problems and scoffing at them.”

“The United States has recently expressed its intention to assist Afghanistan in maintaining stability. We hope that the United States can faithfully fulfill its commitment and step up efforts,” Dai told the council.

Afghanistan’s UN ambassador Ghulam Isakzai urged the Security Council to act “to prevent a catastrophic situation”. He told reporters after the meeting that he was confident the Afghan army could withstand an attack from the Taliban and that the country was not in civil war.

“We have a six-month security plan to stabilize the situation. And not only that, we have recently seen an influx of support from the communities and villages attacked by the Taliban… so we have a lot of interest among the population Support the army,” he said.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols Editing by Dan Grebler and Mark Potter

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