Mediate between Afghan negotiating sides: AIHRC asks UN

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KABUL: The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) stressed that the United Nations Security Council should mediate in the Afghan peace negotiations and compel both sides to reduce violence.


Naeem Nazari, deputy head of the AIHRC, says “a guarantee should exist from a credible institution of the UN regarding reduction in violence and continuation of peace talks.”


In the meantime, Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), emphasized that the talks need a serious mediator to work along with the negotiation teams. “It is clear that there is a need for a facilitator to take stock of what is going on.”


Meanwhile, security officials also condemned and blamed the Taliban for the increase in violence. “Taliban seek peace by continuing the war,” said Massoud Andarabi, the acting minister of interior.


The AIHRC also pointed out that 7,600 civilians have been killed and wounded in Afghanistan since January 2020.


This comes in the wake of high levels of violence across the country and the Taliban’s latest attacks in Dasht-e-Archi district in Kunduz province.