UN Security Council condemns attack on Parliament
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Members of the powerful UN Security Council Monday strongly condemned the gruesome terrorist attack on the Parliament building in Kabul calling for the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“The Taliban’s actions today, which the United States condemns in the strongest terms, demonstrate the growing distance between the insurgency and the Afghan people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time,” said Michele J Sison, US Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
The continued, deliberate targeting of civilians by the Taliban and other groups is despicable, and contrary to international law, Sison said in his remarks before the UN Security Council during a discussion on Afghanistan.
In his remarks, the British Ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, described this as a callous attack. “It once again targeted civilians in violation of international humanitarian law. My deepest sympathies go out to all those affected, their families and friends,” he said.
“The Taliban will further alienate the Afghan people by such attacks,” Rycroft said adding that Afghanistan has clearly demonstrated its commitment to democracy, and the Afghan people courageously turned out to vote in their millions during last year’s elections.
He said that his country would continue to stand alongside all those who seek a more peaceful, prosperous and democratic future for Afghanistan.
“Malaysia deplores and condemns the heinous attack against the Afghan parliament building earlier today, responsibility for which was claimed by the Taliban,” said the Malaysian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Siti Hajjar Adnin.
Underscoring that the only way forward is through peaceful political negotiations, she said despite the attack, Malaysia hopes that Afghanistan's will stay the course in finalizing the formation of national unity government based on power-sharing framework.
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