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Taliban Negative Developments Outweigh Positives: UNAMA Acting Head at UNSC

Markus Potzel, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan.

While briefing the UN Security Council, Markus Potzel, the Acting Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that the Taliban has made some positive developments, nonetheless, they are outweighed by the negatives.

In the UN Security Council’s session that convened on September 27 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, Potzel said that many in the international community are losing patience with a strategy of engagement with the Taliban.

Potzel brought up the unaddressed subject of the re-opening of girls’ schools in Afghanistan as one of the major negatives, indicating that the decision has been made and is maintained by the Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada.

Hardliners surrounding the supreme leader, according to Potzel, support the decision, but the majority of the group questions it, whether they are unable or unwilling to change it.

With a rise in criminality and armed attacks, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General also voiced concern about the presence and activities of the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP).

The UN representative claimed that even though the Taliban disregarded UNAMA’s warnings, the ISKP showed the terrorist organization’s capability to do far more than just launch rockets across the Afghan border and assassinate Taliban officials.

The Taliban’s lack of commitment to counterterrorism is also demonstrated, in Potzel’s assessment, by the fact that the leader of al-Qaeda was residing in the Afghan capital.

The UN Security Council was also briefed on the “tenuous” economic situation of Afghanistan. Potzel claimed that the details behind the Taliban claims of increased exports and revenue are “opaque.”

The people of Afghanistan are not represented as the all-male hardliners’ reluctance to form an inclusive government remains unsolved. A continued lack of transparency and inclusivity in the Taliban government continues to undermine the will of the people.

“We have to engage,” said the UN official to the UN Security Council as a closing statement, calling for putting measures in place for the promotion of the governance in Afghanistan.



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