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Antonio Guterres: “Afghanistan must not become a refuge for terrorists”

AA / Washington / Michael Hernandez

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on the international community to stand together so that Afghanistan does not once again become a haven for terrorists, where human rights are paramount. ridiculed.

“I call on the Security Council – and the international community as a whole – to stand up, work together and act in concert – using all the tools at its disposal to eradicate the terrorist threat in Afghanistan and ensure respect for the fundamental human rights, “Antonio Guterres told the Security Council.

“Whoever holds the power, these two fundamental principles – for which our world has a deep and constant interest – must be respected”, he added.

The strong warning comes after the Taliban took control of the capital Kabul, where thousands of people who fled the group’s offensive in the rest of the country had taken refuge.

Ghulam Isaczai, representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, warned that the residents of Kabul “live in panic fear at the moment”, imploring the Security Council and António Guterres to do everything in their power to ensure that Afghanistan does not sink “into a civil war” and does not become “a pariah state” again.

“Residents of Kabul report that the Taliban have already started house-to-house searches in some neighborhoods, registering names and searching for those on their wanted list,” he said. “There are already reports of targeted assassinations and looting in the city.”

The Taliban quickly conquered most of the country in a lightning strike that caught Western powers by surprise as Afghan government forces lost ground. Kabul fell into the hands of the group on Sunday after the collapse of the Afghan government and the flight of former President Ashraf Ghani.

After Ghani left, former President Hamid Karzai, veteran politician Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and senior peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah strove to ensure a smooth transfer of power.

The United States is in the process of evacuating its diplomatic personnel from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, as well as thousands of Afghan refugees seeking refugee status.

Washington called on all Afghan parties to “ensure the safety of departures and the protection of human lives and property” as part of this operation.

“I want to reiterate, reaffirm and re-emphasize this call. Civilian populations, including journalists and non-combatants, must be protected,” Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

“Attacks against civilians or civilian objects must cease, and the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Afghan citizens, especially women, girls and members of minority groups, must be respected,” he said. she added.

Vasily Nebenzya, Russian representative to the United Nations, said that it was “useless to panic”, saying the worst-case scenario had been avoided.

“The bottom line is that a bloodbath among civilians has been avoided,” he said. “We urge all Afghan parties to cease hostilities and promote a peaceful settlement. We believe that the international community must help Afghanistan, it must join efforts to help Afghanistan achieve national reconciliation.”

The Russian embassy in Kabul has remained open, and the Kremlin has admitted to having established “contacts” with the Taliban.

* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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