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UN Security Council Passes Resolution to Not Allow Afghan Territory as Terrorist Training Ground

By: Aashruti Vohra
02 Sep 2021 4:06:17 PM CSMC, Chitkara University, Punjab

The UN Security Council, chaired by India, passed a resolution calling for not using Afghan territory to threaten or attack any country or contain and train terrorists, The Hindu reported.

 

The resolution stated that it hopes that the Taliban will abide by their commitments regarding the safe and orderly withdrawal of Afghans and foreigners from Afghanistan.

 

The Security Council passed resolutions proposed by France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 13 Council members voted in favour, while Russia and China abstained.

 

This is the first resolution on the situation in Afghanistan passed by the Security Council after the Taliban took over Kabul. It reaffirms its commitment to Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity and “condemns in the strongest terms the tragic attack that took place near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 26.”

 

ISIS entities affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for this and caused more than 300 civilians and 28 military personnel casualties. The UN Security Council resolution signalled condemnation of the Taliban attack.

 

The strong resolution “requires that the territory of Afghanistan may not be used to threaten or attack any country, or sheltered by train or terrorists, or acting plan or terrorist fund, and reiterate the importance of the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan, including those individuals and 1267 (1999) and take note of the relevant commitments of the Taliban.”

 

As per MoneyControl, a note was taken of the August 27's statement to the Taliban, in which the organization promised that Afghans would be able to travel abroad, leave Afghanistan, at any time, and pass air and land border crossings, including at the Kabul airport reopened and protected, and no one prevented them from travelling. The resolution stated that it “expects the Taliban to comply with these and all other commitments, including the promise of Afghans and all foreigners to leave Afghanistan in a safe, secure and orderly manner.”

 

The Security Council also noted the “dangerous security situation” around Hamid Karzai International Airport through the resolution and “expressed concern over intelligence indicating that more terrorist attacks may occur in the area.”

 

They called on “all stakeholders” to cooperate with international partners to take measures to strengthen security and prevent further deaths and called on all possible efforts to ensure that the Kabul airport and its surroundings reopen quickly and safely.

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