Faiq: International approach to Afghanistan to follow new UN resolution

Following the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of a resolution based on Special Coordinator Feridun Sinirlioglu’s assessment, Nasir Ahmad Faiq, Charge d’Affaires of Afghanistan to the United Nations, stated in an interview with Amu that the international community’s future strategy towards Afghanistan would be guided by this new resolution.

Faiq welcomed the resolution, noting its emphasis on coordinated action among countries to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan. He mentioned that a United Nations meeting is expected to discuss the implementation of Sinirlioglu’s recommendations.

“This resolution, approved by a majority with two abstentions, calls for a unified stance on the Secretary General’s independent assessment report,” Faiq said. “The upcoming meeting convened by the Secretary-General will focus on the report’s directives and their practical mechanisms.”

The resolution’s key recommendations include the appointment of a special UN envoy for Afghanistan, to be selected in consultation with UN member states and Afghan stakeholders, including civil society representatives.

Faiq added, “This document will likely serve as the basis for structured, coordinated interaction and a unified global strategy for Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, the National Resistance Front, an anti-Taliban military movement, has expressed skepticism about any positive outcomes from engaging with the Taliban.

Additionally, some civil activists have criticized the resolution, arguing that the assessment report failed to adequately address human rights violations by the Taliban and the broader crises in Afghanistan.

Monisa Mubariz, an activist, pointed out that the report focuses on engagement with the Taliban and women’s issues, but overlooks broader challenges like the lack of a legitimate government, economic and security crises, and human rights violations under Taliban rule.

“In this assessment, the issue of interaction with the Taliban has been raised and the challenges facing Afghanistan’s women have been raised, while the problems and challenges of Afghanistan are beyond the women’s issue,” she said.

Political experts, including Rahmatullah Nabil, former head of Afghanistan’s national security, highlighted the importance of women’s participation in politics and society.

Nabil also expressed concerns about potential confusion and overlapping duties due to the resolution’s wording on the Special Envoy’s relationship with UNAMA and the Special Representative.

The Taliban’s Foreign Ministry responded to the Security Council resolution, stating it was adopted without their consultation and labeling the appointment of a special envoy as “unnecessary.”