UNSC condemns Taliban’s spring offensive announcement

Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemned the announcement by the Taliban of a spring offensive, which will only result in more unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people, the council said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement said that the members of the Security Council recognized the Afghan people’s strong desire for sustainable peace in Afghanistan. They underscored that calls for more fighting will not advance the goal of making a sustainable peace.
The members of the Security Council called on all parties to the conflict to seize the opportunity to begin an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations that result in a political settlement, the statement noted.
The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of an inclusive Afghan-led and-owned peace process for the long-term prosperity and stability of Afghanistan and expressed their full support for the Afghan Government’s efforts to that end, the statement added.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that, as mandated by the Security Council, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General stand ready to provide their good offices to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, if requested by and in close consultation with the Afghan Government.
It comes as the Taliban militant group announced its annual spring offensive operation Al-Fath “the Victory” on Friday, April 12, saying that the group would continue fighting as long as foreign forces remained in the country.
Meanwhile, US Special Envoy for Afghan Peace, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has welcomed the UN Security Council condemnation of Taliban spring offensives in Afghanistan.
Khalilzad tweeted: “The UNSC condemned the Taliban’s declaration of a spring offensive. We welcomed the international community speaking in unison on this point.”
“As the UN statement also makes evident, it’s long past time for the war and violence to end, a ceasefire to be put in place, and dialogue and negotiations to begin. For nay party to oppose these objectives is to be on the wrong side of history,” the top US diplomat wrote.
On Tuesday, The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the Taliban’s announcement of a spring offensive, saying the move will only “result in more unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people.”
US and Taliban negotiators have held several rounds of peace talks in Qatar and an Afghan delegation is expected to meet this week with the militants.
The Kabul Times

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