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Afghanistan Welcomes UNSC’s Statement on Condemning Targeted Attacks against Civilians in Afghanistan

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KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the IRoA strongly welcomes the U.N. Security Council statement condemning in the strongest terms “the alarming number of attacks deliberately targeting civilians in Afghanistan.”

As the statement rightly notes, heinous attacks against civil servants, media, judiciary, human rights defenders, prominent women figures, humanitarian and health workers have increased following the start of the Afghanistan peace negotiations.

The Security Council members also called for an immediate end to targeted attacks and “stressed the urgent and imperative need to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The UNSC statement once again confirms the rightful demands and positions of the people and government of Afghanistan. We reiterate that cessation of violence, ending targeted killings, and establishing a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire would lay the foundation for a political settlement and achieving sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

To this end, we welcome the UNSC statement that stresses the need for “full, equal and meaningful participation of women” in the peace process, “a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire,” and “an inclusive political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan.”