UN wants Afghanistan to find political route to peace
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations has underlined the imperative of finding a political path to peace in Afghanistan, an approach that will help tackle substantial economic, security and political challenges.
Nicholas Haysom, briefing the UN Security Council, said on the political front, the national unity government was advancing its reform agenda. He also called for addressing the issue of corruption in an effective manner.
A single developmentthat would allow for material progress toward a stable and self-reliant Afghanistan would be an agreement between Afghans as to arrangements for living together in peace and harmony, he said in a statement.
Haysom noted: “The war is impeding efforts to bring the political and economic progress that ultimately will ensure stability.” He argued substantial human and material resources were being blocked or diverted because of insecurity.
About fiscal challenges, the envoy said the government this year was able to avert a fiscal crisis, and commended its leaders for continuing to put in place the building blocks for long-term economic development.
He commended the Afghan forces for showing resilience in the face an intensified insurgency. “Certainly, the temporary loss of key district centres and Kunduz City were worrying developments and revealed major ANSF shortcomings.”
Haysom urged Afghanistan to show it remained committed to tackling corruption, making necessary governance reform and generating hope for the future, which he hoped would reduce the rate of emigration. “UNAMA will be encouraging donors to invest in Afghanistan’s reconstruction and security, rather than bear the costs of immigration,” he said.
Haysom called on the Taliban to reciprocate the government’s commitment by stepping forward. “There is no other way for insurgent groups to demonstrate a commitment to the welfare and prosperity of their fellow citizens than to search for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.”
He stressed face-to-face negotiations between the government and Taliban leadership, assuring UNAMA’s continued support for all efforts to establish a peace process.
“We continue to offer our good offices in any facilitative role while recognising that any peace process must be Afghan-owned and led,” he concluded.
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