UNSC discusses how to aid Afghanistan

A meeting at the UN Security Council has confirmed that the United Nations should continue providing humanitarian assistance to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

But differences among the participants over how to deal with the Taliban or to fund the aid have become apparent.

The council debated the issue of UN assistance for Afghanistan on Thursday. A UN mission has worked in the country for the past 20 years.

The UN special envoy on Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, warned that the lives of millions of Afghans will depend on how the Taliban will choose to govern.
She said, "A modus vivendi must be found, and quickly, that allows money to flow to Afghanistan to prevent a total breakdown of the economy and social order."

Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and an advocate for girls' right to education, noted online that UN assistance should help protect the right to education or employment of women in Afghanistan.

US senior diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis acknowledged the importance of such assistance. But he also urged the Taliban to fulfill humanitarian obligations based on international law. He said, "The Taliban seeks international legitimacy and support," and that "any legitimacy and support will have to be earned."

China's deputy UN ambassador Geng Shuang referred to the Afghan government's overseas assets that have been frozen.
He noted that these assets should be used for the country, and not as leverage for threats or restraints targeting the Taliban.

The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, noted that lifting the asset freeze could benefit the Afghan people.