NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 25 – Terrorism is a threat to the country stability. Collective support is required to foster the Afghan Government’s efforts for peace, the Italian Deputy Permanent Representative Inigo Lambertini called upon the Security Council during a meeting on the situation in Afghanistan.
“Faced with relentless violence from the Taliban and from terrorist groups, the Afghan National Security and Defence Forces continue to play a pivotal role in defending the substantial progress made in Afghanistan since 2001, and we pay tribute to their courage and dedication. Italy renews its active commitment to continue training, advising and assisting the Afghan security forces, in the framework of the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission”, said Lambertini.
In order to bring lasting peace and security to Afghanistan, the solution must ultimately be a political one, to be achieved through negotiations between the Government and armed opposition groups, in the framework of an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process which respects the Constitution, said the Italian delegate welcoming the new United States strategy for the country, which confirms the intention to work towards achieving this ultimate outcome, as well as the renewed US commitment in the broader fight against terrorism.
Although efforts over the past few years to reach a political solution to the Afghan conflict have led to little progress, the top United Nations envoy in the country today reported a renewed interest in political engagements for peace. “I am convinced that a political settlement is possible,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, told the Council in his latest briefing, citing progress, still daunting challenges, and opportunities for political engagement. Mr. Yamamoto said the United States announcement in August of a continuing, conditions-based commitment has removed some uncertainties, while regional countries and key States are actively seeking to promote regional engagements for peace, adding that preparations leading to a peace process are complex and efforts must be pragmatic and flexible.
“The security situation continues to be a major concern,” he stressed, citing the persistence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh) in the east of the country, with new Da’esh activity reported in the north as well as in Kabul, the capital, making the situation more complex.