World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Afghan Violence Condemned, Coordination Urged

Condemning Rising Violence in Afghanistan, UN Envoy Urges Coordinated Response

New York, Jun 26 2005 3:00PM

With violence in Afghanistan on the rise, the senior United Nations envoy to the country is calling for cooperation between the authorities, international forces and Pakistan's Government to stem the bloodshed and provide hope for lasting stability.

Recent incidents include the murder of cleric Maulawi Abdullah Fayaz, a massacre at the Abdul Rab Akhundzada Mosque, the murder of 11 employees of Chemonics and their relatives, the murder of five deminers, the beheading of Mullah Ida Khan in his madrassa and last week's cold-blooded execution of at least four Afghan police in Kandahar province. In addition, there have been several fatal attacks against people involved in the upcoming elections.

While the country's South has been most affected, other parts of the Afghanistan are far from immune. In Paktika, members of local shuras, a teacher and a religious figure have been killed by extremist elements. And insecurity has also worsened in Nangarhar.

Jean Arnault, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), on Saturday issued a statement in Kabul condemning the violence and those behind it.

"The authors of such violence and their supporters inflict unacceptable suffering on a country that struggles to rebuild security, stability and confidence among its citizens; they deprive the population of affected provinces of their right to reconstruction; they create a climate of fear at a time when the population prepares for the upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections," he said.

The envoy noted that not all violence is caused by extremist attacks; drugs, local rivalries, corruption and common crime are also involved. At the same time, he pointed out that the current offensive by extremist groups, including the Taliban, is playing a primary role in the escalation, "with what appears to be more funding, more deadly weaponry, more powerful media for propaganda and more aggressive, cruel and
indiscriminate tactics."

Citing the example of how the Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan worked together with international forces to create a safe environment for Afghan elections, Mr. Arnault declared that security is possible, but cooperation must be enhanced. "We welcome the recent high-level contacts between the Afghan and Pakistani governments in this respect," he said.

"Only they, working closely together with support of the international forces and the assistance of the international community at large, can stem the ongoing wave of extremist violence and allow Afghans finally to enjoy the right to a peaceful life that they have been so unjustly denied, for so long."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO: