The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, said that he was told by people he met in Afghanistan that the “Taliban authorities” are in the process of "producing guidelines” that will effectively indicate how the edict is intended to work, and that the guiltiness will be forthcoming by March.
Griffiths made the remark at a meeting of the United Nations on Tuesday.
“We were told by all we met that the Taliban authorities are in a process of producing guidelines which will effectively ... set out the way which that edict is intended to work. We were told that these guidelines would be beneficial and we were told that these guidelines would probably be forthcoming by March,” Griffiths said.
“But I want to make clear that of course we welcome the idea. Beneficial guidelines doesn’t mean we don’t worry about what those guidelines may eventually produce and we don’t know. This is an internal Taliban process. We do not have access to it.”
Griffiths said the humanitarian community does not go on strike and it seeks ways to try to find ways to work.
The meeting was attended by representatives of several countries, including the Chargé d'Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq.
Faiq stressed the need to find a permanent solution.
“This is the second year we are dealing with the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan but there is no change. How many more years, you are going to continue the same humanitarian response plan for Afghanistan? There must be a long-term solution. A political solution,” he said.
The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Munir Akram, urged the international community to help Afghanistan to revive its economy.
“We have to revive the Afghan economy. We have to begin reconstruction in Afghanistan and it is through this leverage that I think we will be able to advance towards the objectives of the international community and the largest objective of the international community; stability in Afghanistan,” he said.
This comes as the Ministry of Economy said that the continuation of humanitarian aid is necessary for Afghanistan and that the international community should not politicize the aid.
“The humanitarian assistance and the development assistance should be provided in balance. At the same time, the economic and commercial infrastructural should be incentivized,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy Minister of Economy.
Some of the participants of the meeting called for the cancelation of the edicts of the Islamic Emirate regarding women.
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