UN envoy meets Hekmatyar, hails peace pact

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:22 Written by  Heart Of Asia Read 190 times

The UN’s top diplomat in Afghanistan on Tuesday met Gulbadin Hekmatyar, head of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) in capital Kabul.

 

Secretary-General’s Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto met Hekmatyar as part of the UN support to the Afghan government’s efforts to engage all those interested in establishing equitable peace.

In a statement from UNAMA, Yamamoto welcomed the continued implementation of the agreement, a key step of which was the peaceful return to Afghanistan of Hekmatyar.

He said UNAMA appreciated HIA’s commitment to peaceful engagement in the political space, in accordance with the constitution and existing legal norms.

Hekmatyar’s commitment to attain peace through negotiations and his call to all parties to end conflict through peaceful means was also praised.

Yamamoto highlighted that respect for human rights, including women’s rights and freedom of expression, would be essential for enhanced stability in the country.

“The mission supports HIA’s peaceful reintegration into society, including, as per the agreement, through joining the civil service, the armed forces and similar, with appropriate vetting and merit-based appointments.”