UN Secretary-General António Guterres urges the Taliban to “fulfill their promises to girls and women and fulfill their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.” Guterres said he was “particularly concerned” about the Taliban’s failure to deliver on their promises to girls and women, he said Monday.
And warned the Secretary-General of the United Nations that “we are not making any concessions in this area.” He added that UN officials talk about this every day with the Taliban, who have been in power in Afghanistan for nearly two months now. However, the new government is in international isolation – and no other country has yet recognized the government.
“Failure to keep promises is shattering dreams for Afghan girls and women,” Guterres said. He noted the progress made since 2001, the year the Taliban were first ousted from power. “The average study time has increased from six to ten years,” he said.
Guterres also called on the international community to inject funds into the country to avoid economic collapse. “To allow people to survive, we need to find ways to revive the economy, and we can do that without violating international rules,” the UN Secretary-General said. Today, Guterres said, the international community is moving “very slowly.” “The Afghan people should not be collectively punished for the behavior of the Taliban.”
About half of the Afghan population, eighteen million people, has been affected by the current economic crisis.
Tuesday meeting with EU representatives
On Tuesday, Taliban leaders met with officials from the European Union in the Qatari capital, Doha. Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki said. The Taliban regime, now in power for two months, is trying to break its international isolation to find help in the face of the formidable challenges facing the country.
According to Khan, the Taliban also had “positive meetings” with representatives from other countries. Khan did not specify what positions the EU representatives and how many would take.