The 15-member council issued an announcement, agreed by consensus, after Guterres appealed to the physique to “use all instruments at its disposal” to suppress a worldwide terrorist risk from Afghanistan and assure respect for human rights.
“We can not and should not abandon the folks of Afghanistan,” Guterres instructed the Safety Council.
The Taliban entered the capital Kabul on Sunday and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan, the fruits of a fast offensive by the Islamist militants to take again the nation 20 years after they had been ousted by a U.S.-led invasion.
The return to Taliban rule got here as U.S. and different international forces had been leaving the nation after twenty years.
The Safety Council burdened the significance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan to make sure different international locations weren’t threatened or attacked, and mentioned “that neither the Taliban nor some other Afghan group or particular person ought to help terrorists working on the territory of some other nation.”
It known as for a direct cessation of all hostilities and the institution, by way of inclusive negotiations, of a brand new authorities that ought to embody girls.
U.S.-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban from energy in 2001 for refusing handy over al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults on america.
Unbiased U.N. consultants reported to the Safety Council final month that al Qaeda is current in not less than 15 Afghan provinces, consisting primarily of Afghan and Pakistani nationals, but in addition folks from Bangladesh, India and Myanmar.
“Afghanistan must not ever once more develop into a haven for terrorists. That is the underside line,” China’s deputy U.N. Ambassador Geng Shuang instructed the council. “We hope that the Taliban… make a clear break with the terrorist organizations.”
Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia mentioned the Taliban’s fast defeat of presidency forces “took everybody abruptly.”
“At present we consider that there isn’t a level in panicking… a widespread massacre amongst civilians has been averted. We urge all Afghan events to chorus from hostilities and to foster a settlement peacefully,” he mentioned.
STAND WITH WOMEN
The Taliban dominated Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001. They didn’t permit girls to work, ladies weren’t allowed to attend faculty, and ladies needed to cowl their faces and be accompanied by a male family member in the event that they needed to enterprise out of their houses.
“We’re receiving chilling studies of extreme restrictions on human rights all through the nation. I’m significantly involved by accounts of mounting human rights violations towards the ladies and ladies of Afghanistan,” Guterres mentioned.
Taliban officers have issued statements saying they need peaceable worldwide relations and promising to respect girls’s rights.
Eire’s U.N. Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason known as on the Safety Council to face with the ladies of Afghanistan amid “a number of and credible studies of abstract executions, pressured marriage and of sexual and gender-based violence.”
“The Taliban have reportedly mentioned that ladies don’t have anything to concern from them,” she instructed the council. “Telling the worldwide group what it needs to listen to will idiot nobody. We is not going to flip a blind eye to the reality.”
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield known as for a cease to assaults on civilians and respect for human rights and freedoms.
Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai, talking for hundreds of thousands of individuals “whose destiny hangs within the stability,” known as on the United Nations to not acknowledge any administration that achieves energy by pressure or any authorities that isn’t inclusive.
The United Nations has about 3,000 nationwide workers and about 300 worldwide workers on the bottom in Afghanistan. Some have been relocated to Kabul, however none have been evacuated.
“The United Nations presence will adapt to the safety state of affairs. However above all, we’ll keep and ship in help of the Afghan folks of their hour of want,” Guterres mentioned.