United Nations: The United States submitted a new draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council on Monday. The content is to promote humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and prevent it from falling into the hands of the Taliban after abandoning earlier proposals under pressure from China.
According to diplomatic sources, after U.S. rivals China and Russia, as well as India, France, and the United Kingdom rejected the first draft, Washington submitted a new version seen by AFP to the 15-member council. The resolution will be voted on soon.
The objections of Beijing, which exercised its veto power, were not immediately clear.
The new draft states that “in one year, humanitarian assistance and other activities that support basic human needs in Afghanistan have not violated” Resolution 2255, which imposed sanctions on Taliban-related entities in 2015.
“The processing and payment of funds, other financial assets or economic resources, and the provision of goods and services necessary to ensure the timely delivery of such assistance or to support such activities are permitted,” the draft reads.
The international community has struggled over how to avert a humanitarian catastrophe amid economic meltdown in Afghanistan since the Taliban swept back to power in mid-August, prompting the United States to freeze $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank.
The text “strongly encourages providers” of humanitarian assistance “to minimize the accrual of any benefits” — whether directly or indirectly — by sanctioned individuals or entities.
Earlier in the day, China, supported by fellow permanent Security Council member Russia, had blocked an initial US plan to authorize case-by-case exemptions to sanctions for humanitarian purposes.
“Humanitarian aid and life-saving assistance must be able to reach the Afghan people without any hindrance,” China s UN Ambassador, Zhang Jun, said in a tweet Monday. “Artificially created conditions or restrictions are not acceptable.”
The decision was made to limit the scope of the resolution to one year. This is not part of the first draft. It is intended to satisfy Washington’s European allies, who, like India, criticized the lack of any deadline and called for strict control of destinations. Aid-another supplementary element.
The U.S. mission to the United Nations did not immediately comment.