UNSC meeting to address crucial Afghanistan reports: Faiq

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is set to discuss the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) report and an assessment report by UN special coordinator Feridun Sinirlioglu in its Wednesday meeting, according to Nasir Ahmad Faiq, Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN.

A source revealed that the UAE and Japan are drafting a resolution concerning Afghanistan, with a focus on the UNAMA mission.

Roza Otunbayeva, head of UNAMA, is scheduled to brief the UNSC on the Afghan situation on December 20, as announced by UNAMA on Tuesday.

Faiq stated that the discussions will center on Sinirlioglu’s and UNAMA’s reports. Expected speakers include Roza Atunbayeva of UNAMA, a representative from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Faiq, and a civil activist. However, Faiq noted that no decision will be made on Sinirlioglu’s report during this meeting.

Sanam Kabiri, a member of the Afghan Women’s Unity and Solidarity Movement, expressed hope that the meeting would address women’s and girls’ rights, emphasizing their current deprivation in Afghanistan.

A UN source confirmed the meeting’s focus on the UNAMA mission, with the UAE and Japan working on a related draft resolution.

Sinirlioglu’s report, considered a potential roadmap for addressing Afghanistan’s challenges, proposes appointing a special envoy and a contact group for the country. This suggestion has generated both domestic and international reactions.

Kabul residents have expressed support for appointing a special representative, seeing it as a sign that the world has not forgotten Afghanistan and a step towards resolving the crisis.

The UNSC’s upcoming decision on the proposals in Sinirlioglu’s report remains a key question.