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'More unnecessary suffering': UN condemns Taliban's spring offensive

Salaam Times and AFP


This photo released by the Taliban on April 12 purportedly shows its fighters preparing for the group's newly announced spring offensive in an undisclosed location. [File]

This photo released by the Taliban on April 12 purportedly shows its fighters preparing for the group's newly announced spring offensive in an undisclosed location. [File]

َUNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council condemned the Taliban Monday (April 15) for announcing a spring offensive and called on all parties to instead "seize the opportunity" to begin talks.

In a unanimous statement, the council said the Taliban's announcement will "only result in more unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people."

The Taliban launched attacks near Kunduz and in Kabul Saturday (April 13), hours after announcing the start of the spring offensive.

At least nine people were killed and scores wounded in the fighting, according to Afghan officials.

Waging war despite peace talks

The bloodshed came as the United States pushes for a peace settlement with the Taliban, and ahead of a new round of talks expected to take place in Qatar later this month.

The Security Council "called on all parties to the conflict to seize the opportunity to begin an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations that result in a political settlement," it said in the statement.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who has held several rounds of talks with the Taliban in hopes of reaching a peace deal, called the announcement of the spring offensive "reckless" and "irresponsible".

"The Taliban's spring offensive announcement is reckless. It is irresponsible to suggest that an increase in violence is warranted because the government announced a security plan. The Afghan people have clearly voiced their desire for peace," Khalilzad tweeted April 12.

"Through this announcement, Taliban leaders demonstrate their indifference to the demands of Afghans across the country. The call for more fighting will not advance peace efforts," he said.

"If executed, it will only yield more suffering and thousands more causalities," he added.

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| 04-28-2019

When the United Nations denounce Taliban's operations, why they do not denounce the government's operations at the name of Khalid.

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| 04-21-2019

As always, they call for peace in Winters, while in springs they call for gunfire’s and explosions.

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| 04-16-2019

As long as a ceasefire is not agreed on, these dealings will continue, its condemnation and endorsement has no benefit.

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