Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday night addressed the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York where he briefed members present on the situation in Afghanistan, on its achievements, opportunities and challenges.
On the issue of counter-terrorism, Abdullah said there isn’t any acceptable definition of terrorism and termed it an “ominous phenomenon”.
He said the phenomenon is used by governments and non-government players and criminals in the name of religion, ideology, economic or psychological support.
He also pointed out that support is being given to terrorists to disrupt the world order and achieve radical goals.
“We are strictly fighting against new and more violent prescriptions of terrorism under the name of Daesh in parts of Afghanistan,” he said.
“We have not been able so far to eliminate the sources such as economic crime and drug smuggling and the issue of safe havens (to terrorists) that play a serious role in the extension of terrorism.”
He said the Afghan government continues its efforts to “prevent some countries from using terrorism as a political tool for achieving their special goals”. However, he did not name any specific country during his speech.
He said Kabul is eagerly waiting for the implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity.
“We have asked from neighboring states especially from Pakistan to cooperate with us in targeting and eliminating terrorist safe havens,” he said.
“We are awaiting effective and on-time implementation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity.”
According to him, all regional players should agree on the issue that all terrorists should be treated equally and that their centers and safe havens should be closed and that they should be prosecuted under the law or returned to their home countries.
Afghanistan wants a balanced implementation of the four principles of the international strategy on counter-terrorism of the United Nations and it wants the violation of these principles to be investigated thoroughly.
Abdullah also spoke on the concerted efforts being made by the Kabul administration regarding peace and said government had made unprecedented efforts for peace and reconciliation with the Taliban in the past year including a credible peace offer led and owned by Afghans in order to reach a political consensus on peace talks.
“On different occasions, we announced our commitment for unconditional and intra-Afghan talks, giving all the rights and privileges to those who would denounce violence,” he said, adding that “we announced a unilateral ceasefire… which gave the opportunity to the Afghan people to know what peace is and what are its consequences”.
Abdullah said some “plans and plots” prevented the Afghan government from announcing a second ceasefire.
However, he said the Afghan government would continue its efforts for peace.
The CEO also acknowledged the work of the Afghan security forces and said they were heroes and stressed that he is proud of their courage and resilience.