Sunday, December 4, 2016

Statement on Kabul Attack

 

New York, April 20, 2016: The Permanent Mission of the I.R. of Afghanistan to the United Nations strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Kabul and demands prompt justice for the despicable incident that took the lives of 64 people and injured close to 350, most of them civilians, including many women and children.

This senseless and barbaric attack took place in a densely populated area during rush hour with damages reaching a one kilometer radius.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for this heinous attack.

The Taliban defiance to the peace process and continuous use of severely destructive weapons in densely populated areas show total lack of respect for civilian life and amount to war crimes.

The Permanent Mission of the I.R. of Afghanistan calls on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take serious and effective measures against those who are harboring the Taliban leadership and providing safe havens for them.   

The world, including the UN Secretary General, President of the UN General Assembly, UNSC, and UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), as well as international and regional countries have condemned this attack in strictest terms. The UN Security Council has issued a statement underlining “the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors 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”. UNAMA has denounced the senseless violence and stated that “the use of high explosives in civilian populated areas, in circumstances almost certain to cause immense suffering to civilians, may amount to war crimes.” 

Such attacks clearly show the Taliban’s weakness to meet Afghan forces on the battle ground due to the recent setbacks suffered by them, and their desperate attempts to terrorize the population by resorting to these violent attacks against defenseless civilians, including women and children.

While Afghanistan’s arms will always remain open for peace, our brave National Security and Defense Forces will spare no efforts to defeat terrorists and their supporters, financiers, and organizers.

Afghanistan shall remain a strong and reliable partner with the international community in the fight against terrorism.

The Permanent Mission of the I.R. of Afghanistan expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Contact: Mr. Nazifullah Salarzai. Telephone: +1-212-972-1212

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.