Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban; UN urges both sides to work towards lasting peace

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Secretariat Building at United Nations Headquarters

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN mission in Afghanistan welcomed on Saturday the Afghan Government’s extension of the unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban, amid an outpouring of support for the truce from war-weary people all across the country.

“The Secretary-General urges the Taliban to heed the call for peace from the Afghan people and also extend the ceasefire,” according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson.

Following an initial truce announced by both sides that was to run through the Eid-ul-Fitr festival period, which began this past Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday announced that the Government would extend indefinitely its ceasefire, which had been due to end on Tuesday.

“[Mr. Guterres] believes that the only solution to the conflict in Afghanistan is through an inclusive political process,” said the UN spokesperson’s statement, adding that the world body stands ready to work with the Afghan people and Government, and all stakeholders to achieve lasting peace in the country.

Reportedly, celebrations in support of the announcement continued in the country even as a deadly bombing in the eastern Afghan province of Nangahar targeting Eid celebrations claimed more than two dozen lives. That attack was reportedly carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Through the statement, the UN chief condemned the attack in Nangahar and urged the Afghan Government and the Taliban “not to allow those who try to derail peace efforts to prevail.”

Mr. Guterres extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished those injured a swift recovery.

In a separate statement, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the top UN official in Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission there known as UNAMA, commended the Government and the Taliban for honoring the ceasefires.

“The Government’s extension of the ceasefire provides a clear opportunity for initiating a negotiated solution to the conflict,” he said, adding: “This opportunity cannot be missed.”

Mr. Yamamoto noted the outpouring support for the ceasefires and peace on the part of the Afghan people.

“UNAMA highly appreciates the decision of President Ghani responding to the overwhelming voice of the people of Afghanistan to extend the ceasefire,” he said, adding that the Mission called upon the Taliban to respond positively to the “desire and yearning of the Afghan people for an end to the conflict.”

“I have repeatedly stated that a negotiated settlement to the conflict is possible. Now I believe it can be imminent,” he stressed, calling for concrete steps to initiate direct talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

China is among the 20 most innovative economies for the first time

Eurozone needs more than some decimals of growth

This forgotten chemical element could be the key to our green energy future

Joint U.S.-EU Statement following President Juncker’s visit to the White House

Thai citizenship means ‘dream of a brighter future’ for cave rescue boys, says UN Refugee Agency

Trump rejects Europe’s offer for zero car tariffs; he had personally tabled that idea in July

Eurozone: Bank resolution proposal gains wider interest

MWC 2016 LIVE: CEOs issue rallying call to drive ‘gigabit economy’

A renewed agenda for Research and Innovation: Europe’s chance to shape the future

EU and US close to an agreement on data sharing amid European citizens’ concerns

We lack a global framework for saving our environment. Here’s how we change that

Driving structural change through global value chains integration

EU summit: No energy against tax evasion and fraud

10 things Europe does better than the rest of the world

One Day in Beijing

Juncker Investment Plan for Europe welcomed by European Youth Forum

TTIP’s 11th round major takeaways and the usual “leaked” document

EU Summit/Migration: Parliament calls for joint solutions based on solidarity

German and French bankers looted the Irish and Spanish unemployed

6 ways to ensure AI and new tech works for – not against – humanity

Why Italy will not follow the Greek road; Eurozone to change or unravel

UN chemical weapons watchdog adds new powers to assign blame, following attacks

Backed by UN agency, countries set to take on deadly livestock-killing disease

Why sustainable products are a win-win for all of us

What lessons to draw from the destruction of Syria

How close is the new financial Armageddon? IMF gives some hints

Obama turns the G20 summit into warmongering platform

The role of junior entrepreneurs as a bridge between academia and business world

UN agriculture agency digs in to help forests and farms build resilience to climate change

Education and Training: where do we stand in 2014?

Germany and France only care about keeping their borrowing cheap

Assault on key Yemeni port would endanger 300,000 children and ‘choke off’ aid for millions more: UNICEF chief

Knowledge management and entrepreneurship: short term vs. long term perspective

Scotland in United Kingdom: It’s either the end or the beginning of the end

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Carbon Price Needed for Climate Change Success

G20 LIVE: G20 Leaders’ Communiqué Antalya Summit, 15-16 November 2015

Presentation of Juncker’s Investment Plan: Can 315 billion euros save the EU?

More answers from Facebook ahead of Parliament hearing today

Press conference by EC Vice-Presidents Valdis Dombrovskis (left) and Jyrki Katainen, on the Commission's proposals in the framework of the financial union (Source: EC Audiovisual Services / Copyright: EU, 2018 / Photo by Georges Boulougouris)

EU Finance ministers agree on new banking capital rules and move closer to Banking Union

A critical European young voice on Net Neutrality: the distance between Brussels and Washington

FROM THE FIELD: Sailing a traditional and sustainable path in Fiji’s tropical waters

A Sting Exclusive: “Climate change-the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, yet overlooked in climate negotiations?” IFMSA wonders from COP21 in Paris

Cultural diversity can drive economies. Here are lessons from India and South Asia

A few, or rather two, trade and economic alliances may rule our brave new world

World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says UN

MWC 2016 LIVE: EC adds Brazil to partner tally

At Ministerial session, UN regional office in Beirut to focus on technology for sustainable development

This robot has soft hands. It could be the future of sustainable production

2013, a Political Odyssey: What future for Italy?

Eurozone recession subsides

Use space technology to build a better world for all, urges UN chief

The European Brain Drain: a truth or a myth?

EU seeks foreign support on 5G from Mobile World Congress 2015 as the “digital gold rush” begins

ILO: Progress on gender equality at work remains inadequate

Sub10 Systems @ MWC14: Bridging the Ethernet of the Future

How Germany strives to mold ECB’s monetary policy to her interests

Three scenarios for the future of geopolitics

‘No steps taken’ so far to end Israel’s illegal settlement activity on Palestinian land – UN envoy

Trade, entrepreneurship and the future of ASEAN’s economy

Czech Babis, Austrian Kurz and others threaten Europe with nationalist populism

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s