UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said at a press conference on Wednesday that there can be no military solution to the problem in Afghanistan and that the country should work to create a political solution in the country.
“I believe it is important in Afghanistan to invest in the conditions to create a political solution. I believe that is possible,” Guterres told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.
He was responding to a question on resolving the lingering crisis in Afghanistan.
“I don’t think there is a military solution to the crisis in Afghanistan, as I don’t think there is a military solution for practically any crisis in the world,” he said.
Guterres said he believes that investing in creating such a condition means the engagement in dialogue with the relevant parties.
“Even when the US have announced their surge, they were also saying that they believe a political solution is necessary,” he said.
“So, it is clear for me that, independently of short-term measures that might be taken, the political solution is the long-term road that we need all to move on,” Guterres said.