United Nations, United States:
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to violence in Afghanistan amid fears of a new civil war after the Taliban has seized power.
“I call for an immediate end to the violence, for the safety, security and rights of all Afghans to be respected, and for Afghanistan’s international obligations, including all international agreements to which it is party,” Guterres said in a statement. report to Afghanistan. the Security Council this weekend.
The document, obtained by AFP, has not yet been released publicly.
“I urge the Taliban and all other parties to exercise utmost restraint to protect lives and ensure humanitarian needs can be met,” Guterres said.
The report was drawn up because the mandate of the UN political mission in Afghanistan expires on 17 September.
The UN says Afghanistan is embroiled in a humanitarian crisis affecting 18 million people, or half the population.
The UN’s relief efforts can only help 38 percent of the population, so the world organization urgently needs nearly $800 million, the report said.
“I call on all donors to renew their support so that the life-saving response is urgently scaled, delivered on time and suffering is alleviated,” said Guterres, who hosted an international aid conference for Afghanistan on Sept. 13 in Geneva.
He also called on countries to take in Afghan refugees and refrain from deporting refugees they may already be hosting.
And in an allusion to the brutal first part of the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001, Guterres said: “Reports of severe human rights restrictions across the country are deeply concerning, especially reports of increasing human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan who fear a return to the darkest days.”
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