The International Peace Institute (IPI) said in a report that the UN Security Council is expected to renew the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in March 2023.
According to the report, the Security Council members remain divided over what the appropriate level of political engagement between the UN and the current government of Afghanistan should be.
“The upcoming mandate renewal negotiations will unfold amid a worsening economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Security Council members remain divided over what the appropriate level of political engagement between the UN and de facto authorities should be, especially after the lack of progress in getting the Taliban to change course on its policies restricting the rights of Afghan women and girls,” the report reads.
"UNAMA has three roles in Afghanistan: the implementation of humanitarian aid--40 million dollars of US money periodically arrives and goes through UNAMA--the issue of human rights, which is the topic of Richard Bennett’s report, and the third is to start a dialogue between Afghans, which has not yet begun, and Roza Otunbayeva is responsible for it,” said Tariq Farhadi, a political analyst.
Several experts in international relations believe that UNAMA plays an important role in Afghanistan's political, human rights, economic and social sectors.
"The continuance of UNAMA's operation in Afghanistan is very important because of the economic, political, and human situation in Afghanistan,” said Wali Frozan, international relations expert.
"The non-renewal of UNAMA's mandate will cause other difficulties and the world's attention to the people of Afghanistan will decline, and this would be a tremendous blow to the poor people of Afghanistan,” said Wahid Faqiri, another international relations expert.
Earlier, the UN Secretary General António Guterres recommended to the members of the UN Security Council to extend the UNAMA mission in Afghanistan for another year.
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