OIC urges Afghan warring sides to cease violence & make peace

KABUL: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on all warring parties in Afghanistan to put an end to violence and direct their focus towards a peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict.


 
Amid the recent spike in violence in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General of OIC Dr. Yousef Al Othaimeen has expressed the need for all parties in Afghanistan to focus their attention on peace efforts.



This comes, as in recent weeks, Afghanistan has witnessed a sharp increase in violence, especially in the south zone. 



Through RiV-monitoring, APW has also recorded a surge in civilian casualties mainly caused by IED attacks and airstrikes. Targeted killings have also significantly spiked in urban centers, especially capital Kabul, and Afghanistan’s second-largest city, Kandahar.



According to the local office of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in southern Helmand province, during the past six months, as many as 20 children have been killed and 546 others wounded. 



Al Othaimeen called on all Afghans to enhance their efforts for achieving durable peace and reconciliation through an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process in line with the resolutions and declarations adopted at the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan held in Makkah on July 11, 2018, and the 14th OIC Summit held in Makkah on May 31, 2019.