UN Security Council adopts resolution on US-Taliban agreement

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a U.S. resolution supporting the agreements between the U.S. and the radical movement “Taliban”.

UN Security Council adopts resolution on US-Taliban agreement
Earlier at the ceremony in Qatar, the U.S. and the Taliban signed the first peace agreement for more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan for 14 months and the beginning of inter-Afghan dialogue in March after the deal on exchange of prisoners. The U.S. has pledged to reduce the number of troops in that country to 8,600. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday the U.S. believes the Taliban leadership is doing everything in its power to complete the deal.

According to the draft resolution, the Security Council welcomes significant steps towards ending the war, starting intra-Afghan negotiations, which were made possible by the Joint Declaration of the United States and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as well as the agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

As noted in the text, the UN Security Council calls on the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to implement additional confidence-building measures in good faith to create conditions conducive to the rapid start and success of intra-Afghan negotiations and the establishment of lasting peace. This includes the reduction of violence as well as the release of detainees.

The Security Council calls upon all States to fully support the successful negotiation of a comprehensive and sustainable peace agreement that ends the war, the text says.

The Security Council expresses its readiness to consider the possibility of reviewing the status of individuals, groups, enterprises and legal entities included in the list drawn up in accordance with UNSC resolution 1988 with the beginning of inter-Afghan negotiations. This sanctions list includes individuals, legal entities and enterprises and groups associated with the Taliban.

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