The international community must face the humanitarian crisis in Af
Abu Dhabi, November 15 (IANS): The international community must urgently intervene to resolve the humanitarian problems in Afghanistan, high-level experts said during the eighth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate (ADSD) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A roundtable on the second day of ADSD focused on Afghanistan’s current political and security landscape.
“Over the past 20 years, Afghans have experienced an era of unprecedented freedoms which includes freedom of education, expression and assembly and the reversal of this situation is disappointing,” said Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Afghanistan in Geneva, said.
“At the start of the Taliban’s forced entry into Kabul, there was hope in many parts of the country for lasting peace. However, two events set Afghanistan back: revenge. “
Dr Marvin G. Weinbaum, director of Afghanistan and Pakistan studies at the Middle East Institute and emeritus professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said there had an administrative crisis in the country.
“For Afghanistan, it is the end of the conflict crisis, there is a period of relative peace that the country has not known for 40-45 years. There is now a transition to a series of crises, such as an economic crisis and an administrative crisis. “
Andisha said the formation of the Taliban cabinet was a huge disappointment.
“The cabinet is completely far from inclusive, it is made up of 100% Taliban, zero women and no other religious minority in Afghanistan.”
Andisha said different stakeholders need to come together to resolve the situation.
“The Taliban can reach out to the international community where the UN and other regional actors could be involved, and this could be complemented by a regional plan.”
Weinbaum said there is a serious humanitarian crisis that must be urgently addressed.
“The international community must first tackle the humanitarian problem in Afghanistan, it is a question of humanity. The international community has great influence over the Taliban. The Taliban want international recognition and continued aid flows. The Taliban were not to be recognized as part of the system.
Weinbaum said there was no other industry or source of profit other than the poppy, which also added to the displeasure of Afghans.
“There is no industry in Afghanistan except for poppy cultivation and there is a cash flow crisis, which is leading to the start of the flow of refugees from Afghanistan.”
ADSD was organized by the Emirates Policy Center (EPC) with a focus on regional and international environments in the post-Covid-19 era.