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U.N calls for Changes in Afghanistan governance practices

Yesterday, Tadamichi Yamamoto spoke on the political and security situation in Afghanistan at a special U.N Security Council meeting.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the U.N special representative in Afghanistan besides mentioning the recent tensions in Kabul said: “without changes in governance practices we are likely to face future crises that might be more difficult to contain.”
Mr. Yamamoto who was speaking at the U.N Security Council’s special conference on Afghanistan in New York, said: “The deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan has brought underlying political tensions to the surface.”

U.N special envoy to Afghanistan said: “The most recent security and political crisis was sparked by a terrorist bombing in Kabul’s center on 31 May.”
Mr. Yamamoto has said: “The political fault-lines that emerged are increasingly along an ethnic basis, which is particularly worrying at a time when the Islamic State is attempting to provoke sectarian strife in the country.”

He added that without enhanced efforts by the National Unity Government to increase political inclusiveness, strengthen accountability and improve the Government’s credibility, particularly in the security sector, we are likely to face more crises in an “increasingly fragile environment.”
According to Yamamoto, The events of the early morning, when the Government’s attempt to remove the final protesters’ tents resulted in violence is a reminder of the need for caution, calm and unity.
The U.N special representative in Afghanistan added that recent tensions in Kabul have been defused as a result of intense efforts by the United Nations office of representative and diplomats living in Kabul, but at the same time warned that there are likely to be such tensions again.
Mr. Yamamoto also said that there have been indications since last summer that Afghanistan’s broad political consensus was fraying.
He stressed that mistrust between political groups and the government in Afghanistan is increasing and efforts to make political participations and building consensus in the current situations are crucial to Afghanistan’s political stability.
The U.N representative also talked about the importance of peace efforts in Afghanistan and considered holding a recent peace conference in Kabul as a sign of Afghan government’s determination and the international community to end violence peacefully in Afghanistan.

On the other hand, Mahmoud Saiqal, Afghanistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations said: “a country in the neighborhood of Afghanistan is doing its most to weaken Afghanistan’s stability.”
Mr. Saiqal once again accused Pakistan of harboring the Taliban and Haqqani network and urged the international community to deal seriously with countries that back “Terrorist” group.
The United Nations Security Council’s special conference was held on Afghanistan to review the report of Antonio Guthrie, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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