The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday welcomed the United Nation’s move to extend sanctions on the Taliban and called on the international community to take a hardline against the insurgent group’s financiers in order to push them to join the peace talks.
“I hope that more serious decisions are taken in order to root out the Taliban’s financers and close their training centers,” said MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
This comes after Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the U.N’s Secretary-General for Afghanistan, on Monday delivered his three-monthly report to the United Nations Security Council and stressed the need for peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban.
Haysom also called on the Taliban, which he said has not yet committed to entering into a peace process, to reciprocate the government’s commitment by stepping forward.
“There is no other way for insurgent groups to demonstrate a commitment to the welfare and prosperity of their fellow citizens than to search for a peaceful resolution to the conflict,” he said.
The envoy stressed the necessity for face-to-face negotiations between the Afghan Government and Taliban leadership, and emphasized that UNAMA will continue to support all efforts to establish a peace process.
“We continue to offer our good offices in any facilitative role while recognizing that any peace process must be Afghan-owned and led,” Haysom said.
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