MADRID, 6 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The United Nations reported this Sunday that the Taliban have pledged to guarantee the safety of humanitarian personnel in Afghanistan, after a meeting this Sunday in Kabul in which the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, participated. and Taliban leaders, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
The Taliban have promised that the security and free movement of humanitarian personnel, “both men and women”, will be guaranteed, as well as access to this aid for all people in need, Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres.
“The authorities are committed to cooperating with the humanitarian community to ensure that assistance is provided to the people of Afghanistan,” he said.
Dujarric said that during the meeting, Griffiths insisted “on the fundamental role of women when it comes to helping,” for which he has asked all parties “to guarantee their rights, safety and well-being.”
“Griffiths has called for all civilians, especially women, girls and minorities, to be protected at all times” and has reiterated “the commitment of the humanitarian community to provide impartial and independent assistance to protect millions of people in need.”
Griffiths’ meeting with part of the Taliban leadership takes place a week before the meeting called by Guterres for next Monday, September 13 to address the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, further aggravated by the latest events, in addition to the health crisis caused due to the coronavirus pandemic and a severe drought that affects much of the country.
This week, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, will carry out a three-day official visit to Afghanistan, after confirming his arrival in Kabul this Sunday.
During his time in the country, Maurer plans to visit the ICRC-run medical facilities and meet with the Afghan authorities, reports a statement from the organization.
“The Afghan population has suffered forty years of conflict and now has years of work ahead of them to heal and recover. The International Committee of the Red Cross is determined to stay here to help the recovery,” said Maurer.
“The future of the entire Afghan population depends on the permanent compassion, empathy and investment of the rest of the world,” said the ICRC president.
According to United Nations estimates, some 18 million people in Afghanistan, almost half of the population, depend on humanitarian aid, while more than half of children under the age of five are at risk of acute malnutrition.