United Nations General Secretary Urges Taliban To Ensure Representation of All Ethnic Groups in Afghanistan’s Government

The latest: Emphasizing that Afghanistan cannot move ahead without the representation of all ethnic groups in the country’s power structures, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged Taliban to form an inclusive government.

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  • “There are several clear things that we believe the Taliban must deliver from the point of view of the interests of the international community and from the point of view of the interests of Afghanistan itself,” he added, listing the expectations of the international community from the Taliban.
  • The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres also stated that Taliban must stop all forms of activity of terrorist organizations that from Afghanistan represent a threat to neighbouring countries, including Pakistan.
  • During his end of the year press conference, the UN Secretary General added that the UN is actively engaged in discussions with the Taliban in this regard.
  • On the topic of women’s rights, Guterres stated that there should be no discrimination with respect to human rights in the country. “Particularly, women and girls’ rights, the right of women to work, the right of girls to attend school should be upheld,” he said.

Zoom out: This comes even as today, December 20, the United Nations is set to discuss Afghanistan and the UN Secretary General’s report on the country under the Taliban regime.

  • In his latest report on Afghanistan, said that the country must deliver on its commitments to international principles, norms and standards against discrimination, inequity, inequality, injustice and impunity.
  • Roza Otunbayeva, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, will also deliver her remarks on the situation there.
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