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Statement by FM Rabbani at the strategic partnerships with the United Nations for peacebuilding and sustaining peace

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Statement by FM Rabbani at the strategic partnerships with the United Nations for peacebuilding and sustaining peace
  Thank you very much for the invitation to this interactive dialogue session on “Strategic Partnerships with the UN for Peace.”   We thank the panelists for their useful presentations. 
The topic of this session is very important to us, considering our revitalized peace process, which we actively pursue in partnership with the international community, including the UN.
As I highlighted yesterday in the plenary session: the sustained engagement of international actors in support of peace-building is essential. Without strong, well-coordinated international support, fragile states can hardly achieve durable peace on their own. 
We know this first-hand in Afghanistan, as we continue relentlessly combating terrorism and  pursuing peace simultaneously. 
This dual-track approach is mutually reinforcing, and will continue until we achieve the goal at hand.
For several years, Afghanistan has sought a peaceful settlement with reconcilable elements of the armed opposition to end many years of violence and conflict  imposed on our country.
As of late, our efforts under the Kabul Process have helped strengthen “regional and international consensus” on the imperative of peace for our stability and that of the region.
In February, at the second Meeting of the Kabul Process: we made a comprehensive peace offer to the Taliban.
The offer was based on an extensive national consultative process with Afghan civil society, youth groups, women activists, political forces and religious figures.  
Our aim is a negotiated political settlement based on a credible agreement that would address the needs and expectations of the Afghan Government; the armed opposition, and all Afghans. 
Some key elements of the offer include:
Reintegration of armed opposition into the society, as well as their inclusion into the political process and State;
Possible Constitutional amendments that don’t undermine our achievements since 2001;
Full protection of human rights, including the equal rights of Afghan women and the         hard-earned democratic gains we have made over the past 17 years;
We have always stressed that regional and international support for peace in Afghanistan is a necessary condition for success. We are pleased that regional countries have converged - more than ever before - to help us achieve our objectives for peace.
This convergence is based on the recognition that peace in Afghanistan means peace and stability in the wider region.
The UN has been engaged with a multitude of stakeholders, including regional countries and organizations on our peace and reconciliation efforts. The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process is a key platform, within which this engagement continues in a steady process.
We also welcome the UN’s collaboration with regional organizations, platforms and initiatives, such as the OIC, CICA, OSCE, SAARC, SCO, the C5+1, and the UN Center for Preventive Diplomacy.
We encourage the UN to bring more coherence to bear on the efforts of these entities for further building regional consensus in support of the Afghan-led peace process and our stabilization efforts.
I must highlight that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has been a strong supporter of our peace efforts, emphasizing in every forum the importance of the Afghan leadership and ownership under the Kabul Process.
UNAMA is also a close partner in our effort for ensuring women’s prominent role in all stages of the Peace Process – based on our National Action Plan for SC RESOLUTION 1325.
Promoting development is key pillar of the sustaining peace agenda. With more jobs and confident communities, the greater the prospects for durable peace in any society.
Whether in Afghanistan or elsewhere, the UN’s role should evolve with new realities, based on “national ownership and leadership” of development priorities.  
The ONE-UN model is essential to achieve this goal.
 To conclude, I want to reiterate the importance of sustained international engagement with our peace-making and peace-building efforts in Afghanistan for regional stability and global peace.
Our experience in Afghanistan can provide useful lessons for how the UN can expand its cooperation and partnership with different stakeholders for conflict-prevention, peace-making initiatives, and peace-building programs.       
 Thank You!