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Afghan war intensified in past 3 months: UN chief

Afghan war intensified in past 3 months: UN chief

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Jun 21, 2020 - 13:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Nations secretary general says conflict has intensified over the past three months in Afghanistaninfo-icon, calling on Talibaninfo-icon to renounce war and observe a ceasefire.

A statement from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Secretary-General António Guterres submitted to the Security Council his latest quarterly report on the situation in the war-torn country.

The report deals with political developments, the security situation, regional cooperation, human rights, coordination of uplift assistance, humanitarian aid, counter-narcotics, as well as mission support and observation.

It is expected to be presented by Guterres to the General Assembly of the UN Security Council on June 25.

Guterres said the ongoing conflict had led to an increase in poverty, unemployment, displacement of civilians and insecurity.

However, the UN general-secretary welcomed the political agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah on ending the post-election impasse.

The report said violence had increased in Afghanistan since March and as well as there was a surge in civilian casualties.

The UN chief once again called on Taliban to renounce violence and observe a truce. He said the situation in Afghanistan had become worse due to war and coronavirus.

Guterres hoped the long-awaited intra-Afghan peace talks would start soon. The dialogue would help put an end to the ongoing crisis, the secretary-general believed.

The Security Council is scheduled to discuss the report on June 25. There will be a live webcast on UN Web TV, where Deborah Lyons, the secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan, will deliver her remarks.

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