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Published On: Tue, May 16th, 2017

UN special envoy for Afghanistan met Hekmatyar to promote peace

nsnbc : Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations Special Envoy for Afghanistan met with the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Kabul on Tuesday to promote peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country.

Yamamoto_Hekmatyar_Afghanistan_May 2017The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) issued a statement commenting on the meeting, saying “The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, today held an introductory meeting in Kabul with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

The meeting took place as part of the United Nations support to the Afghan Government’s efforts to engage all those interested in establishing equitable peace.”

The UNMA also stated that special envoy Yamamoto welcomed the continued implementation of the agreement between the Government of Afghanistan and Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). The mission described this development as a key step, following the return of Hekmatyar to Afghanistan. Hekmatyar was granted permission to return to the country provided that he denounces violence in Afghan politics.

UNMA also stated that Yamamoto said that the mission appreciated the commitment shown by Hekmatyar and the HIG, to a peaceful engagement in the political discourse, in accordance with the Constitution and existing legal norms. The mission stated that Hekmatyar’s commitment to attain peace through negotiations and his call to all parties to end conflict through peaceful means was also appreciated.”

Yamamoto highlighted that respect for human rights, including women’s rights and freedom of expression, would be essential for enhanced stability in the country, UNAMA said, adding that “The Mission supports HIG’s peaceful reintegration into society, including, as per the agreement, through joining the civil service, the armed forces and similar, with appropriate vetting and merit based appointments.”

The UN mission said Yamamoto noted that all groups in society should enjoy equal treatment. Yamamoto’s closing statements were polite but thinly veiled references to Hekatyar’s questionable record with regard to respect for a free press, human rights, women’s’ rights, among others.

F/AK – nsnbc 16.05.2017

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