(United Nations) An international meeting on Afghanistan will take place in Doha “in a few weeks” to “clarify expectations” on a number of issues, the spokesman for the UN Secretary General told the UN on Wednesday. AFP.
“The meeting that will take place in Doha in a few weeks with international envoys will be an opportunity to discuss and clarify expectations on a number of subjects,” said Stéphane Dujarric, while the UN mission in Afghanistan ( Manua) launched an evaluation of its functioning after Afghan women were banned from working for the UN.
Speaking at Princeton University on Monday, UN Under-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed referred to the meeting as “the first of envoys from all levels, regional and international, with the Secretary-General.” of the UN Antonio Guterres.
In December, the UN General Assembly approved the report of the committee responsible for the accreditation of ambassadors, which has postponed since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021 any decision on their request to accredit an ambassador representing them at the UN. .
The question of the recognition of the Taliban “is a question that can only be decided by the Member States”, insisted Wednesday Stéphane Dujarric, stressing that the Deputy Secretary General, very involved in this file, had in Princeton simply “reaffirmed the need for the international community to find a coordinated approach on Afghanistan”.
“This includes finding common ground on a longer-term vision for the country and sending a united message to the de facto authorities on the imperative of ensuring women’s rightful place in Afghan society,” he said. he adds.
According to a UN source, the meeting which should take place “around May 1”, at the initiative of the Secretary General.
It was not possible to know at this stage whether the Taliban would be represented there.
The United Nations announced on April 4 that the Taliban was now banning its Afghan employees, hitherto spared from such NGO measures, from working with the organization throughout the country.
Since this announcement, Manua has launched a review of the functioning of UN operations in the country, which is due to last until May 5.