Magazine article UN Chronicle

Afghanistan

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Afghanistan

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The Security Council on 16 December - in expressing "grave concern at the continued military confrontation in Afghanistan, which has caused human suffering and material destruction, which threatens to lead to the disintegration of the country and which represents a growing threat to regional and international peace and security" - deplored the unwillingness of the Afghan warring factions to lay down their arms and cooperate with the United Nations for peace.

Through a statement by Council President Fernando Berrocal Soto of Costa Rica, it also stressed that the Afghan conflict had "no military solution" and that the primary responsibility for finding a peaceful settlement lies with the Afghan parties themselves.

It urged them to: take genuine confidence-building measures; agree immediately on a ceasefire; and engage without preconditions in a political dialogue aimed at achieving national reconciliation, a lasting political settlement of the conflict and the formation of a broad-based, fully representative government that would protect the rights of all Afghans and abide by Afghanistan's international obligations.

In deploring the fact that foreign military support to the Afghan parties had continued unabated through 1997, the Council reiterated its call to all States to "end immediately the supply of arms, ammunition, military equipment, training or any other military support to all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan, including the involvement of foreign military personnel". It encouraged the Secretary-General and Member States to undertake preliminary studies on how an effective arms embargo could be imposed and implemented in a fair and verifiable manner.

The Council insisted that the United Nations, as a universally recognized and impartial intermediary, must be given a pivotal, central role in coordinated international efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the Afghan conflict. In expressing belief that peace and stability could best be achieved through intra-Afghan political negotiations under UN auspices, with the active and coordinated assistance of all countries concerned, it also reiterated its full support for the United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan and the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for that country. …

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