Vietnam Reaffirmed Support for Afghan-Led Peace Process

The head of Vietnam’s permanent mission to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy has reaffirmed the country’s backing for Afghan-led peace process, including the engagement of women and youths.

Addressing a virtual UN Security Council briefing on the Afghanistan situation and operations of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Quy said that the continued support of UNAMA, regional countries and other international partners will be crucial to maintaining the momentum of peace talks in Afghanistan.

He urged all parties to fully respect international humanitarian law, immediately stop targeting civilians and allow unhindered access to humanitarian services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strengthened efforts are also needed to combat the increasing presence of terrorist groups in the country, he said, emphasising that long-term peace and stability require robust development and sustainable livelihoods for the people. In that regard, the Afghan Government and international partners should continue to work together in promoting economic development and reconstruction.

He went on to express concern that 11.15 million people, more than one third of the country’s population, are facing high levels of food insecurity, and that number could increase to 13.15 million during the approaching cold weather months.

19 / December 2020
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