UN Secretary General calls on all Afghans to end violence –

.com with AFP | 9:36 am – September 6, 2021

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges all Afghans to immediately stop the violence in a report submitted to the Security Council this weekend, amid fears of a new civil war in Afghanistan.

“I call for an immediate end to the violence, respect for the security and rights of all Afghans, and respect for Afghanistan’s international obligations, including all international agreements to which this country has adhered,” writes it in this document not yet public and obtained by AFP.

“I urge the Taliban and all other parties to exercise the utmost restraint to protect lives and ensure that humanitarian needs can be met,” he also said in this document produced in the perspective of the renewal of the mandate of the UN political mission in Afghanistan, which expires on September 17.

The Taliban claimed Sunday to have gained ground in the Panchir Valley, the last major hotbed of armed resistance to the new masters of Afghanistan.

According to the United Nations, the humanitarian crisis affecting the country affects 18 million people, or half of the population. The UN humanitarian response plan is only 38% funded and the Organization is urgently seeking nearly $ 800 million, notes the Secretary-General’s report.

“I call on all donors to renew their support so that the vital response is urgently reinforced, delivered on time and the suffering is alleviated”, specifies Antonio Guterres who convened an international meeting on September 13 in Geneva in order to increase humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The UN chief also calls on “all countries to accept to welcome Afghan refugees and to refrain from any expulsion”.

“It is essential that the hard-won rights of Afghan women and girls are protected. It is also essential to have an inclusive government representing all Afghans, including women and different ethnic groups, ”adds the UN chief as the announcement of this new executive is still pending.

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