Afghanistan: Guterres urges restraint as Taliban arrives in Kabul. The UN Security Council meets Monday |


a issued the note to the United Nations press that mr. Guterres He is watching with great concern the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan, where conflict is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. Still there Reports of grave human rights violations The note added that the violations in the communities most affected by the fighting.

Protecting the rights of women and girls

General Secretary is She is particularly concerned about the future of women and girls, whose hard-earned rights must be protected, the memo continued, stressing that “all violations must stop. It calls on the Taliban and all other parties to ensure respect and protection of international humanitarian law and the rights and freedoms of all people.”

The note goes on to say that a file The need for assistance is increasing as the operating environment becomes more restrictive due to the escalation of the conflict. As such, Mr. Guterres calls on all parties to ensure unhindered access for humanitarian actors to deliver life-saving services and assistance in a timely manner.

The United Nations remains committed to peace in Afghanistan

The memorandum concluded that “the United Nations remains determined to contribute to a peaceful settlement, the promotion of human rights for all Afghans, particularly women and girls, and the provision of life-saving humanitarian assistance and critical support to civilians in need.”

Speaking to reporters at United Nations Headquarters last Friday, Secretary-General compressed there is There is still potential for the stalled Afghan talks taking place in Doha, Qatar, with the support of the region and the wider international community, which could lead to a negotiated settlement.

On Monday, the Secretary-General will address the UN Security CouncilOpen meeting on Afghanistan.

Rapid capture of Afghan cities

According to the latest reports, Taliban forces reached the Afghan capital, Kabul, earlier on Sunday. This came after Capturing one provincial capital after another for the past several weeksIt ends with the main southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmond on Friday.

The rebels now control more than two-thirds of the country, just weeks before the final planned withdrawal of US and international forces.

As the fighting intensified on a large scale, meanwhile, Thousands of Afghans fled their homes Amid fears that the Taliban will once again impose an oppressive government. The Islamist militant group ruled the country from the mid-1990s until the September 11 attacks that followed the US-led invasion in late 2001.

The United Nations and humanitarian partners are responding

Due to the escalation of fighting across the country, many people were arriving in Kabul and other large cities, seeking safety from conflict and other threats.

according to flash update From the UN Relief Wing earlier today, between July 1 and August 15, 2021, the humanitarian community verified 17,600 displaced people have arrived in Kabul. No new arrivals have been reported. Assessments were underway on the morning of 15 August.

since yesterday , An additional 2,000 people in need have been verified humanitarian assistance.

Noting that humanitarian partners have so far provided food, cash, household items, health, water and sanitation to more than 13,500 displaced people, while more aid is on the way, the UN relief wing, known as OchaHe said, “The interagency assessment teams did not work on the afternoon of August 15th. Because of the uncertainty of the situation in Kabul.

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