United Nations Hints At Humanitarian Disaster, If Peace-Talks Fail

The United Nations on Tuesday stated that the failure of Afghan peace talks will be a humanitarian disaster as it will cause loss of lives, displacement in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and harsh winters.

Speaking to The Associated Press, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi said there will be internal displacement if the conflict between Afghanistan government and Taliban does not end. He added that it was essential for everyone to be prepared beforehand to address an expected humanitarian crisis in the country.

Grandi urged the international community to continue extending financial as well as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. His comments come days ahead of donors’ conference in Geneva where international community would be setting parameters to ensure protection of human rights in Afghanistan.

Violence induced casualties have been on the surge in Afghanistan in the recent months after both sides locked horns over the peace settlement clauses. The two sides have seemingly not been on the same page with little progress in their relations. The government negotiatiors and the Taliban are expected to meet in Qataer to discuss next course of action to end the decade-old war.

The International Rescue Committee earlier this year had cautioned against the possibility of health disaster in the backdrop of government failure to test 80 percent people suspected of contracting coronavirus.

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