U.N. Security Council Meeting on Afghanistan “Cautiously” Optimistic

U.N. Security Council on June 19 held a briefing on the situation in Afghanistan. Officials urged for the inclusion of Afghan government in peace negotiations, human rights protection, and a credible and timely presidential election. Tadamichi Yamamoto, U.N. Special Representative to Afghanistan, said that there is reason for “cautious” optimism. During his briefing, Yamamoto, who is also the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), stressed the need for formal negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Yamamoto told the Security Council that Afghans are focused on the need to reach a negotiated settlement. He said that “all such efforts must aim towards one common objective:  the start of formal negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.” He continued that “the common message to the Taliban is clear:  come to the table and negotiate directly with the Afghan Government.” He also said that he’s encouraged by increasing support for a political settlement and called on countries “with direct contacts and with influence over the Taliban to intensify their efforts toward this goal.” Yamamoto addressed Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election which is scheduled for September 28, 2019. He said that this election “will be a key moment to […]

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