All sides must uphold UN stance on Afghanistan

Sunday, 12 March 2017 03:34 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 173 times

The United Nations has expressed its deep concern over the unabated war and instability in Afghanistan. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) discussed Afghanistan in its quarterly debate. Although Afghan envoy embraced the platform to officially complain to UN against Pakistan for breaching the territorial integrity and airspace of Afghanistan, the keynote address of the forum was delivered by Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). 

 

In his speech, Yamamoto reiterated there was no military solution to Afghan conflict, believing that the protraction of war leads to more woes, and squanders development opportunities in Afghanistan. Dialogue was essential for peace in Afghanistan, he added, calling on all parties to the Afghan conflict to return to the negotiating table without preconditions. 

The rightful stance of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan is the only way to put an end to the ongoing deadly war in the country. With the wisdom of hindsight, the bloody fighting, expenditure of billions of dollars and use of various approaches over the last decade and a half proved that the use of force cannot restore peace to Afghanistan. Thus, emphasis on military solution will only protract the conflict, which will have grave consequences not only for Afghans, but also the international community. Bearing in mind that point, there is a need to focus on the political settlement of the conflict, even if such attempts face with ephemeral obstacles. The settlement of an intricate conflict such as that of Afghanistan through negotiations is certainly difficult but not impossible. 

Political dialogue has historically been the best approach to end wars. Some conflicts might have also been resolved by routing one side militarily, but at a cost far greater than that of a political solution. Since Afghanistan no longer can bear to pay such a huge price, the political solution should be preferred. 

As per the position of the US Special Representative in Afghanistan who is well-aware of the situation here, the international community, particularly the United States and regional powers, should seek to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict. The interests of all domestic and foreign actors, who think are only achievable through war, can also be accomplished through peace in Afghanistan, so they should choose consensus over confrontation.