The United Nations Security Council is deeply concerned over the high level of violence in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s offensive, according to a Security Council press statement adopted on Tuesday.
"The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the high levels of violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s military offensive, and called for an immediate reduction of violence. They also expressed deep concern the number of reported serious human rights abuses and violations in communities affected by the ongoing armed conflict across the country," the document reads.
The United Nations Security Council called on the Afghan authorities and the Taliban movement "to engage meaningfully in an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in order to make urgent progress towards a political settlement and a ceasefire," it says.
The United Nations Security Council also spoke against the restoration of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan (a Taliban, outlawed in Russia, state existing in 1996-2001) and stressed that there is no military solution to the conflict in that country, according to a Security Council press statement adopted on Tuesday, TASS reports.
"The members of the Security Council recalled UN resolution 2513 (2020), reaffirmed that there is no military solution to the conflict, and declared that they do not support the restoration of the Islamic Emirate," the document reads.
US President Joe Biden said on April 14 he had decided to finish the operation in Afghanistan, the longest foreign military campaign in US history, and pull out American troops by September 11.
The US operation in Afghanistan has been ongoing since October 2001. At its peak in 2010-2013, the number of foreign troops in the country exceeded 150,000 soldiers. The main operational forces of the US and NATO were withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2014.
Since April, the security situation in Afghanistan has seriously degraded, with the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) expanding its offensive. It claims it has established control over about 85% of the country’s territory, including areas along the borders with Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.