September 21, 2021

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AA / Washington / Michael Hernandez

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the Taliban and other parties in Afghanistan to exercise “greater control” after the movement seized control of the presidential palace.

Antonio Guterres “follows with deep concern the rapidly growing situation in Afghanistan,” where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, his office said in a statement.

“I urge the Taliban and all other parties to exercise restraint in protecting human lives and ensuring that humanitarian services are provided,” he said.

The Secretary-General is particularly concerned about the future of women and girls, and the rights they have won so hard must be protected. All abuses must end. He calls on the Taliban and all other parties to ensure international humanitarian law and rights and freedoms. Everyone is respected and protected, ”he added.

Antonio Guterres will address the Security Council on Monday, which will hold an emergency session dedicated to the situation in Afghanistan.

Antonio Guterres warned that the country had “lost control” as the Afghan government became increasingly disintegrated amid Taliban attacks and called on the Taliban and Afghan parties to find a negotiated solution.

* Translated from English by Rath Belhaj


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