UN Security Council condemns attacks on Afghan civilians


UNITED NATIONS—THE UN Security Council condemned deliberate attacks on civilians in Afghanista­n and all instances of terrorism “in the strongest terms” on Tuesday, while declaring its opposition to restoratio­n of rule by the Taliban.

in a press statement agreed by all 15 members, the UN’S most powerful body called on the Afghan government and the Taliban “to engage meaningful­ly in an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in order to make urgent progress towards a political settlement and a ceasefire.”

The Security Council expressed “deep concern” at the high levels of violence and reported serious human rights abuses in Afghanista­n following the Taliban’s offensive. it urged an immediate reduction in violence.

The war between the Taliban and Afghanista­n’s government forces has intensifie­d over the past few months as US and NATO troops complete their pullout from the war-torn country. The Taliban are now trying to seize provincial capitals after already taking smaller administra­tive districts.

The council is expected to hold an open meeting Friday on the worsening security situation in Afghanista­n, diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announceme­nt.

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