UN Adopts Afghanistan Resolution But No ‘Safe Zone’

The United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted a resolution on Aug. 30 requiring the Taliban to uphold their commitment to let people freely leave Afghanistan.

The 15-member Council passed the resolution with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions from China and Russia.

Drafted by the United States, Britain, and France, the resolution seen by AFP News says that the Council expects the Taliban to allow a “safe, secure, and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and all foreign nationals.”

The resolution refers to a statement from the Taliban last Aug. 27 which said that the Afghans would be able to travel abroad any time they would want to.

The resolution also calls for the Taliban to not use Afghanistan “to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or to finance terrorist acts.”

Although the resolution urges the Taliban to allow for “full, safe, and unhindered access” for the UN and other agencies to provide humanitarian aid, it did not cite a “safe zone” mentioned by French President Emmanuel Macron in comments published in the French weekly newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

It is not clear if the UN will propose a resolution for a “safe zone” later on.

According to experts in the AFP News report, the Council watered down the resolution to ensure China and Russia would not use their vetoes to block it.

A UN diplomat told reporters that the resolution “is not an operational aspect. It’s much more on principles, key political messages, and warnings.”

The resolution comes as the U.S. completes the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan.


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