UN Security Council to visit Afghanistan toady: sources

UN Security Council to visit Afghanistan toady: sources

KABUL - Members of the United Nations Security Council are considering a visit to Afghanistan to show solidarity with the Afghan people, meet Afghan government officials and assess the situation in the country, head of the UN Security Council said this week.

Kazakhstan Ambassador Kairat Umarov told reporters on Thursday that a trip would give members the opportunity to get an understanding of the country’s needs and prospects.

Sources told TOLOnews that the visit will likely happen on Saturday.

This would be the third visit of the council to Afghanistan . Previous visits of the council were in 2003 and 2010.

This visit will happen at a time as Afghanistan is on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council.

Last year in December, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan , Tadamichi Yamamoto said at the UN Security Council that the most concerning issue relating to Afghanistan was that of violence and insecurity.

He said a convincing peace process was needed in order to end the 40 years of conflict, which has left 39 percent of the population under the poverty line, including 3.3 million in acute need of humanitarian aid.

He stated that the Kabul Process meeting planned for 1 February offers an opportunity to start a peace process.

He said, at this meeting, the Afghan government is expected to present its strategic concept for reaching a political settlement with the armed opposition, and seek the support of the international community.

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