Magazine article UN Chronicle

Afghanistan: Peace Accord Welcomed

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Afghanistan: Peace Accord Welcomed

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Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on 9 March welcomed the signing in Islamabad on 7 March of the Afghan Peace Accord. The comprehensive Accord states that Afghanistan President Burhanuddin Rabbani would remain in office for another 18 months, while Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbadin Hikmatyar or his nominee would become, Prime Minister. State affairs would be carried out by the two, in consultation with other Afghan leaders. An independent election commission would be formed immediately to hold elections for a constituent assembly within eight months from the signing of the Accord.

The Secretary-General said he hoped the Accord, which provides for an immediate cease-fire and a permanent cessation of hostilities after the formation of a Cabinet, would "pave the way for the establishment of a representative government and ensure peace, long desired by the Afghan people, and which is necessary for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the devastated country".

He also hoped that the cease-fire would improve the security situation and permit the unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need, "which has always been a priority concern and activity" of the UN in Afghanistan.

Present at the signing ceremony were Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and representatives of Saudi Arabia and Iran. …

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