Saturday, August 27, 2016

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Kabul

SECURITY COUNCIL
PRESS RELEASE

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Kabul on 19 April centred on a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in the Puli Mahmud Khan area, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.  The attack resulted in at least 28 deaths as well as in more than 300 wounded persons.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Afghanistan and they wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, ISIL (Da’esh) affiliates, illegal and armed groups to the local population, national defence and security forces and international presence in Afghanistan.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation and wherever, whenever and by whomsoever it is committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the Afghan-led process along the path towards peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.

UNAMA Condemns Taliban Attack in Kabul

KABUL – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the Taliban attack today in Kabul that killed at least nine people, as well as injuring an estimated 300 others. Provisional information indicates that at least two of those killed and the vast majority of the injured are civilians, including seven children and seven women. The civilian casualty toll is expected to rise.

“This attack shows the devastation caused by the use of explosive devices in urban areas and once more demonstrates complete disregard for the lives of Afghan civilians,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. “The use of high explosives in civilian populated areas, in circumstances almost certain to cause immense suffering to civilians, may amount to war crimes.”

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack centred around a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in the Puli Mahmud Khan area of the Afghan capital. The attack took place during rush hour on a crowded street when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated, followed by armed men entering the NDS compound. The blast caused extensive harm, injuring civilians within a one kilometre radius.

UNAMA reiterates its call for the Taliban to immediately cease all attacks in civilian-populated areas.

The Mission extends its condolences to the families of those killed and a speedy recovery for those injured. UNAMA once again affirms its continued support to the people of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Saikal meets with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

Press Release: February 26, 2016

DSG EliassonOn March 25, H.E. Ambassador Saikal, Permanent Representative of I.R. of Afghanistan met with United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson. They had a productive discussion on the security, political, and economic situation of Afghanistan. Key areas of discussion included security challenges in the fight against terrorism, the peace process, regional dynamics, improving defense and security capabilities of Afghanistan, political stability, national unity government, electoral reform, fiscal deficit, poverty reduction, and employment issues. Mr. Eliasson assured that the United Nations will remain a steadfast supporter of the people of Afghanistan.