Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN secretary-general at a press briefing on Friday said that the United Nations is ready to help the parties in the Afghan conflict in achieving peace in the country.
“We stand ready to assist the parties as requested our role must and will always be in support of the Afghan people must be agreeable to the parties in the conflict,” he said.
When asked about regional diplomacy on the Afghan peace process, the UN official said that the UN secretary general has been in touch with various stakeholders including the Americans, Russians, Qataris and Turkish officials.
“The secretary-general and others have been in touch with the Americans, the Russians, and the Qataris and the Turks and many other parties. We feel there is a positive momentum from the international community in terms of coordination and on moving forward on helping the Afghan parties find peace for the sake of the people of Afghanistan,” the UN spokesman said.
“We are continuing our discussions and we will do whatever we can to support and do what is requested of us within the framework I have already spoken about,” he added.
This comes at a time that Istanbul is preparing to host a UN-led conference in Turkey – proposed by the US on the peace process in Afghanistan.
The Turkey conference was proposed by the US in a letter by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, this month.
In his letter, Blinken puts forth suggestions to the Afghan government to accelerate the peace process, including convening a UN-facilitated conference with international stakeholders, proposals to facilitate discussion between the two sides to form a negotiated settlement and ceasefire, a meeting in Turkey between both sides to finalize a peace agreement, and a revised proposal for a 90-day reduction in violence.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said the UN-led meeting on Afghan peace “is planned to be held in Istanbul in April.”
Courtesy: TOLO NEWS