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Guterres, in a statement to reporters at UN headquarters, warned that Afghanistan was once again “falling into chaos.”
Guterres said more than a thousand people have lost their lives due to clashes, especially in Helmand, Kandahar and Herat, last month alone, adding that clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban, which have spread to cities, caused serious damage to civilians. .
“Afghanistan is spiraling out of control. I call on the Taliban to immediately cease their attacks and resume good faith negotiations in the interest of the Afghan people,” Guterres said. noted.
Stating that attacks on civilians are a violation of international humanitarian law and constitute a war crime, Guterres said the targeting of women and journalists in particular and the severe restrictions on human rights in areas under Taliban control are ” extremely worrying “. “It is appalling and very sad to see reports of the hard-won rights of Afghan girls and women, in particular,” Guterres said. he said.
Secretary-General Guterres has warned that seizing power by fighting is a loss, and it will plunge Afghanistan into a protracted civil war and complete isolation.
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