NEW YORK — Abstained from voting on the United Nations Security Council resolution on Afghanistan, China blamed the disorderly withdrawal of foreign troops for the chaos in Afghanistan.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Aug. 30 that calls for the Taliban to facilitate safe passage for people wanting to leave Afghanistan, allow humanitarians to access the country, and uphold human rights, including women and children.
This crucial resolution was adopted with the support of 13 members, with Russia and China abstaining and no one voting against the resolution.
“Recent chaos in Afghanistan is directly related to the disorderly withdrawal of foreign troops,” said Geng Shuang, the Chinese representative at the UN Security Council.
“We hope that relevant countries would realize that withdrawal is not the end of responsibility but the beginning of reflection and correction.”
Resolution on Afghanistan has been passed by the United Nations Security Council. This crucial resolution was adopted with the support of 13 members, with Russia and China abstaining and no one voting against the resolution.
India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla was chairing the UN Security Council meeting under the Indian presidency in which the resolution was adopted.
“The resolution has unequivocally conveyed that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter, train terrorists, or plan or finance terrorist acts,” said sources.
Shuang said that China has doubts about the necessity & urgency of adopting this resolution. Despite this, China has constructively participated in consultations and put forward essential and reasonable amendments to Russia.
“Unfortunately, our amendments have not been fully adopted. China has always opposed imposing or forcefully pushing for a resolution,” he said.
Targeting other countries, Shuang said, that relevant countries should effectively change their unfair practice of imposing their own wills on others and change the hegemonic rule of imposing sanctions. They should be responsible for what they have done in the past 20 years and fulfill their commitment to peace.
Meanwhile, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US representative at UN Security Council, has also said that the resolution establishes clear expectations regarding the future of Afghanistan.
“The resolution establishes clear expectations regarding future of Afghanistan— UN Security Council expects the Taliban to live up to its commitment to facilitate safe passage for Afghans and foreigners who want to leave Afghanistan today, tomorrow, or after Aug. 31,” said Thomas-Greenfield.
There is widespread fear that with the departure of foreign forces, Afghanistan under the Taliban can become the epicenter of Islamic fundamentalism.
With the Haqqani network and its close associate Islamic State (Khorasan) active in Kabul, there is a constant fear that international terror attacks can be planned and executed from Afghan soil.
“The resolution also notes the statement by the Taliban on Aug. 27,” said sources.
“The Security Council expects the Taliban to adhere to their commitments, including regarding the safe, secure and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and all foreign nationals.”
In the resolution, there is a recognition of upholding human rights, especially of Afghan women, children, and minorities, and well as to inclusive negotiated settlement, said sources.
“Today’s resolution also highlights the importance of women’s rights, minorities rights, particularly Sikhs and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan,” Shringla said.
“It has indicated a need for safe passage of people and to take necessary steps in its engagement with Afghanistan.”
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Saptak Datta and Ritaban Misra
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