Joint Assertion on Afghanistan – United States Division of State

Joint Statement on Afghanistan - United States Department of State

The textual content of the next joint assertion was agreed upon by the Particular Representatives and Envoys for Afghanistan of Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the UK and the US following their assembly in Paris held February 20, 2023. 

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Particular Envoys and Representatives for Afghanistan of Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, and the US met in Paris on February 20, 2023 to debate the state of affairs in Afghanistan. Particular Consultant of the Secretary-Basic for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA); Nation Director for the United Nations Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); and Particular Rapporteur on the state of affairs of human rights in Afghanistan additionally participated within the assembly as observers.

The Particular Envoys and Representatives for Afghanistan:

1.     Famous with grave concern the elevated risk to safety and stability in Afghanistan and the deterioration of the humanitarian and financial state of affairs, with greater than 28 million Afghans now in want of humanitarian assist, of whom greater than half are girls and kids, and 6 million only one step from famine.

2.     Emphasised their concern about growing deterioration and a number of violations of human rights and basic freedoms of Afghans by the Taliban since August 2021, particularly these of girls and ladies in addition to members of ethnic and non secular minorities and different marginalized teams;

2.1     Strongly condemned the Taliban’s selections in December 2022 to ban Afghan girls from college schooling and from working in NGOs, which observe quite a few different dangerous violations and restrictions imposed on alternatives for ladies to train their rights in Afghanistan because the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021, together with to proceed to ban ladies from secondary colleges, thus excluding them from all spheres of public life;

2.2     Affirmed that these selections violate and threaten not solely Afghan girls’s rights and freedoms, but in addition the general much-needed social and financial improvement of the nation, which can endure enormously if half of the inhabitants is excluded from taking part meaningfully; emphasised that humanitarian help can’t be delivered pretty or successfully if restricted by discriminatory insurance policies or practices;

2.3     Known as for the speedy reversal of those unacceptable bans as they’re stopping humanitarian help from reaching Afghans most in want.

3.       Recalled the Taliban’s accountability for the deterioration of the financial and humanitarian state of affairs, in addition to their accountability for the restoration of the nation and the development of the financial state of affairs; recalled that responding to the wants of the Afghan folks ought to be the primary preoccupation of the Taliban.

4.      Expressed grave concern in regards to the growing risk of terrorist teams in Afghanistan, together with ISKP, Al Qaeda, Tehrik-i-Taliban-Pakistan and others, which deeply impacts safety and stability contained in the nation, within the area and past, and referred to as on the Taliban to uphold Afghanistan’s obligation to disclaim these teams protected haven.

5.      Underscored that attaining peace and stability in Afghanistan requires a reputable and inclusive nationwide dialogue resulting in a constitutional order with a consultant and inclusive political system.

6.       Emphasised that the UN Safety Council has set out the worldwide group’s clear expectations of the Taliban in UNSCR 2593 (2021) and subsequent resolutions that are crucial for peace and stability within the nation and for normalization of relations with the worldwide group:  (1) full efforts to make sure Afghan territory isn’t used to threaten or assault any nation or to shelter or prepare terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist acts; (2) unhindered and protected entry for the United Nations and humanitarian actors in delivering providers and help; (3) respect for the human rights of all Afghans, together with girls and members of minority teams; (4) pursuit of an inclusive negotiated political settlement and rule of regulation with the complete, equal, and significant participation of girls; and (5) protected passage and freedom to journey for individuals who want to journey overseas.

7.      Paid tribute to the work of the United Nations and of UN Particular Rapporteur Richard Bennett; acknowledged the essential and particular work of UNAMA, the World Financial institution, the Asian Growth Financial institution and the numerous NGOs and different humanitarian actors that proceed to assist the folks of Afghanistan and assist them via a really troublesome social and humanitarian disaster; reasserted that NGOs are greatest positioned to make their very own operational selections, in step with Inter-Company Standing Committee rules and donors’ rules and in accordance with their respective analysis of security and safety situations within the nation.

8.      Highlighted the need to proceed serving to Afghans who’re struggling on this humanitarian disaster with applicable consideration for susceptible populations, together with girls and women-led households, youngsters and members of ethnic and non secular minority communities; underscored that worldwide help to Afghanistan is destined just for the good thing about the folks of Afghanistan, ought to be delivered free from interference, and isn’t an indication of progress towards normalization of relations with the Taliban.

9.      Emphasised the necessity for continued engagement with neighboring nations and different nations of the area to additional deepen coordination on a joint response to the growing state of affairs in Afghanistan, together with countering potential threats to regional safety and stability emanating from Afghanistan; recommended the efforts of Muslim-majority nations and the OIC in participating with the Taliban on girls’s rights and welcomed the management they’ve demonstrated on points comparable to entry to schooling.

10.     Acknowledged that the state of affairs and developments in Afghanistan ought to be consistently noticed with the utmost vigilance and that coordination amongst members of the worldwide group ought to be maintained and strengthened in gentle of future developments in Afghanistan and with the curiosity of the folks of Afghanistan in thoughts.

11.     Expressed their appreciation to France for organizing these consultations and internet hosting the assembly; and regarded ahead to this Group of Particular Envoys and Representatives assembly once more within the close to future.

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