China and Russia hits out at US at the UN Security Council over Afghanistan deadlock
World powers at the UN asked US to resume the peace negotiations few days after US President Donald Trump called off the talks with the militant group.
The envoys who addressed the United Nations Security Council reiterated that the only solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan is a political settlement, TOLONEWS has reported.
“Russia consistently supports the aspirations of the Afghan people to achieve resilient peace in the IRA. We are genuinely interested in promoting Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process and subsequent stabilization in the country. We have stated on multiple occasions that a peaceful, stable and thriving Afghanistan is our shared goal,” Russian Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia said.
He said his country is gravely concerned about the suspension of the talks between the US and the Taliban.
“We regret the pause in negotiations between the US and the Taliban movement. The positive outcome of these negotiations would have unlocked promotion of peaceful national reconciliation and all-encompassing Afghan settlement,” said Nebenzia.
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan , Tadamichi Yamamoto, also called for a swift start of direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
“The events of recent days and weeks have shown, more than ever, the urgency of finding a political settlement to the long Afghan conflict. Efforts over the past year produced opportunities for peace. This created hope, but also fear for many. But one point remains clear: conflict can only be resolved by direct talks between Afghan people. These talks must be inclusive, representing the whole spectrum of Afghan society,” Yamamoto said.
He said that it is imperative that direct talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban commence as soon as possible.
On the presidential elections, he said, “concerns still remain ahead of the elections. One is security, another is voter turnout, and the other is possible fraud and irregularities.”
The Chinese permanent representative to the UN Liu Jieyi said that Beijing is willing to see the United States and the Taliban to resume their talks.