September 28, 2021

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UNSC resolution for combating terror, mentions Taliban commitment

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, UNSC resolution for combating terror, mentions Taliban commitment, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH
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, UNSC resolution for combating terror, mentions Taliban commitment, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

NEW DELHI: After the UNSC adopted a resolution asking the Taliban to allow safe exit for all those looking to leave the country, while also reminding the group of their commitment to act against terror entities, India said the resolution addressed India’s concerns on terrorism by underlining the risk posed by UN designated individuals and groups like Pakistan based LeT and JeM.
The resolution, which saw 13 countries voting in favour with China and Russia abstaining, said that Afghanistan territory not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or to finance terrorist acts while noting Taliban’s “relevant commitments’’ on the issue. Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla, who chaired the UNSC meeting, said it was important that the resolution, which was passed a day before the end of India’s presidency of UNSC, underlined the importance of combating terrorism.
“It also refers to those individuals and entities that have been designated under Security Council resolution 1267 (as terrorists). And in that context I may mention that the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad are UN Security Council proscribed entities, terror entities that need to be called out, and condemned in the strongest possible terms,’’ said Shringla, adding that this was of direct importance to India. This was the first resolution to be adopted by the Council since the Taliban takeover of Kabul.
According to government sources, the resolution also addressed India’s immediate concerns about facilitating travel from Afghanistan, including Kabul Airport. This will cover Indian nationals stranded in the country as well as Afghan nationals (including minorities) who wish to travel to India, said officials.
The resolution noted the Taliban statement of August 27, 2021, in which the group committed that Afghans will be able to travel abroad, may leave Afghanistan anytime they want to, and may exit Afghanistan via any border crossing, both air and ground, including at the reopened and secured Kabul airport, with no one preventing them from traveling. The resolution said it expected that the Taliban will adhere to these and all other commitments, including “regarding the safe, secure, and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and all foreign nationals’’. It also addressed issues of humanitarian assistance, human rights, inclusive and negotiated settlement.
‘’India has been in continuous touch over the last few days with key members of the UNSC on this matter. This issue was the subject of foreign minister’s phone conversation with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and high-level official contacts with other members,’’ said a source, adding that India believed this decision by the Security Council had an important bearing on the course of developments in Afghanistan. The resolution also strongly condemned the Kabul airport attacks on August 26,
The resolution though also betrayed a widening schism in the Council over the approach to Afghanistan from where the US completed its military evacuation Monday. China and Russia abstained from voting with Beijing saying that the amendments suggested by them were not adopted and that China was against “imposing’’ or forcefully pushing a resolution.

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