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

 

Uzbekistan, Calls For New Approach to Afghanistan

Uzbekistan, At UN, Calls For ‘Radical’ New Approach To Problems In Afghanistan

New York, Sep 27 2008 6

A radical overhaul of policies focusing more on economic and social assistance rather than military strength is needed if Afghanistan is to ever achieve peace and stability, Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov told the General Assembly today.

In an address to the fifth day of the Assembly’s General Debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Norov said the situation inside Afghanistan was clearly deteriorating, despite the “enormous efforts and measures being undertaken” by the coalition forces and the wider international community.

Militants are carrying out more terrorist attacks, drug trafficking is growing in volume and the population is becoming more radicalized, he noted, adding it was clear that a mainly military-based approach to reviving the country had failed.

“The war which has already been ongoing for 30 years destroyed both economic and social infrastructure, led to the impoverishment of the population, and, this should be admitted, deprives people of any belief to their perspective and nurtures a feeding ground for recruiting the new militants,” Mr. Norov said.

He said the situation was now so dire that it was time to “radically reconsider the approaches towards the resolution of the Afghan problem… The main priority must become rendering of purposeful economic aid to Afghanistan, construction and establishment of economic and social infrastructure, ensuring population’s employment, and resolution of acute problems of combating poverty.”

The Foreign Minister also said it was critical “to do everything to provide for a respectful attitude towards national and religious values, centuries-old traditions and customs of the multinational and multi-confessional people of Afghanistan,” and to build on that to bridge divisions between different groups in the country.

Earlier this week, the Security Council voted unanimously to extend the mission of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year and called for it to be strengthened in the face of increased violence and terrorism from the Taliban, Al-Qaida and drug smugglers.

The nearly 50,000-strong force was created after United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001 to help the then-interim authorities maintain security across the impoverished nation.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) was also established in early 2002 to support the country’s recovery, in part by coordinating all UN-led humanitarian and development activities.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO: