Published On: Fri, Sep 10th, 2021

UN Warning: Collapse Imminent in Afghanistan

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By Janet Ekstract

UNITED NATIONS (TURKISH JOURNAL)- The UN renewed its warning on the situation in Afghanistan, stating the country is on the brink of a “total breakdown” On Thursday, UN Special Envoy on Afghanistan Debra Lyons told the UN Security Council that a way needed to be found to get money into the country to prevent a collapse of Afghanistan’s entire economy.

A United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recent report warned that Afghanistan is at risk of facing universal poverty without sufficient humanitarian aid and funding. Currently, $10 billion of Afghanistan’s assets remain frozen. Lyons urged the 15-member Security Council to release funds to ensure that the government can run since Lyons said there isn’t even enough money to pay employee salaries.

Meanwhile, the international community and the U.S. remain steadfast in their refusal to fund a government that is not inclusive, especially in the wake of fresh reports from Afghanistan that show photos of Afghan journalists beaten for covering recent protests against the new Taliban government.

The Biden administration made it clear that their top priority is getting humanitarian aid into Afghanistan but that any other monetary assistance must be “earned” and contingent on the Taliban demonstrating they will create an inclusive government and preserve women’s rights. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also blocked the Taliban from accessing an estimated $440 million in emergency funds for the same reason.

As senior U.S. diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis, told the Security Council: “The Taliban seeks international legitimacy and support. Our message is simple: Any legitimacy and support will have to be earned.” In the meantime, China’s Deputy UN Ambassador Geng Shuang argued: “These assets belong to Afghanistan and should be used for Afghanistan, and not as leverage for threats or restraints.” China and Russia have sent millions in emergency aid to Afghanistan.

But Afghanistan’s UN Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai who was appointed by the previous Afghan government under former president Ghani, urged the Security Council to “withhold any recognition of any government in Afghanistan unless it’s truly inclusive and formed on the basis of the free will of the people.”

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