World must not turn away from Afghanistan: UN

World must not turn away from Afghanistan: UN


Geneva: The international community must continue aiding Afghanistan or face the risk of “disastrous consequences,” UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi urged ahead of a donors conference starting Monday.

Grandi’s visit was also sent after he visited this Asian country. In this Asian country, violence, Japan-US troop withdrawal and peace negotiations are in trouble.

Grandi said that the future of millions of Afghans depends on the outcome of peace negotiations and the international community’s commitment to the country’s development, including at a two-day donor conference in Geneva.

“Failure on either account would see Afghanistan slide backwards with disastrous consequences, including further displacement possibly on a large scale,” Grandi warned in a statement.

He said the nearly 300,000 Afghans who have been displaced inside the country because of conflict this year remain in “acute need” of humanitarian support.

The same goes for the nearly three million previously displaced and the nine million people who have lost their livelihoods due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Grandi also said that there is an urgent need to end the peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. This is their struggle to overthrow the Afghan government and regain the power they lost during the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Peace negotiations are underway, and the withdrawal of some US troops announced by the Trump administration this week is further weakening the Kabul government.

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