Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ambassador Tanin delivers a statement at the Security Council open debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict


Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, delivered a statement at the 12 February 2014 debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.  Lithuania convened the debate as President of the Council this month.  Valerie Amos, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Hervé Ladsous Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Director General of the Red Cross, Yves Daccord briefed the council.  As an outcome, the UK proposed a presidential statement.

Taking the floor, Ambassador Tanin explained the high importance of this issue to the government of Afghanistan.  “The Afghan people expected to see long-awaited peace when the Taliban regime ended following decades of war, unprecedented destruction and loss of life,” he said. “Yet despite joint stabilization efforts towards peace and security, the suffering of the Afghan people continues.”

“Afghan civilians are targeted with guns and bombs,” he told the Council, “by enemies who measure success in terms of blood spilled and life lost.” He emphasized that the Taliban and other extremist groups were responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, causing thousands in 2013 alone.  Their tactics are “a horrific manifestation of man’s inhumanity to man,” he noted.

The Ambassador continued, saying that tragically, ground engagements in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations have resulted in the deaths and injuries of civilians.  “It is unfortunate that Afghans lost their lives during operations by international and national forces that aimed to protect their lives,” he noted, and he stressed the strong commitment of the Afghan forces to protect civilians.

In closing, Ambassador Tanin remarked that the surest way to protect the lives, honor and dignity of citizens is to end the cycle of violence that harms innocent civilians.  This requires sustained international assistance to support Afghan capacity, he explained, as well as the elimination of terrorist sanctuaries that fuel the cycle of violence, and the vigorous pursuit of our Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process



Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Afghanistan

17 January 2014
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on 17 January at a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, which caused a number of deaths and injuries to Afghan civilians and international personnel, including United Nations staff, responsibility for which has been claimed by the Taliban.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and Government of Afghanistan, as well as to those other countries whose nationals have been victims of this attack.   They wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their steadfast support for the role of the United Nations and United Nations-affiliated organizations in Afghanistan.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, and international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need and reiterated their determination to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and the international community.



KABUL, 18 January 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns in the strongest terms a deadly attack on a strictly civilian target which took place on Friday evening in a restaurant in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 14 civilians, including Afghans and foreigners.
UNAMA understands that UN personnel may be among the dead and is seeking to verify the status of all UN personnel.
The attack involved a suicide bomber and the Taliban have claimed responsibility.
“I strongly condemn the targeting of civilians in any form, and, in particular, the continued use of suicide bombers,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “This violence is unacceptable and must stop immediately.”
UNAMA reiterates its condemnation of attacks that deliberately target civilians as gross violations of international humanitarian law.
The UN Mission extends its sincere condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and wishes a speedy recovery to all those injured