Peace and Security

United Nations lauds Pakistan’s role for Afghan peace process

NEW YORK: United Nations has lauded the Pakistan’s role in setting the stage for peace process in Afghanistan.

Briefing Security Council, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Deborah Lyons also welcomed the prospect of intra-Afghan talks saying it is a historic moment.

She also thanked member states including Pakistan, Qatar and United States as well as so many others who have engaged in intensive diplomatic efforts to get us to this point.

She called for a humanitarian ceasefire in the country as the negotiating teams of Afghanistan and the Taliban prepare to sit in Doha for talks.

“We thank member states, including Qatar, the United States, and Pakistan, as well as so many others who have engaged in intensive diplomatic efforts to get us to this point,” Lyons added.

“For our part,” she said, “the UN will be working with international partners to support both parties and the host countries throughout the process.”

The Afghan conflict, which has raged for four decades, continues to kill hundreds of people each week and has displaced millions over the years – most of whom have no prospects of return.

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