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26.10.99

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL MADE A STATEMENT ON AFGHANISTAN ON OCTOBER 22
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PRESS RELEASE

The Chairman of the United Nations Security Council made a statement on Afghanistan on October 22. The political core of the statement is the resolute condemnation of the Taliban movement for the resumption of fighting in that country. After discussing a report from the United Nations Secretary General on the situation in Afghanistan the Council placed on the Taliban the main responsibility for undermining the international efforts to resolve the conflict and for the huge sufferings of the population of that country as a result of the new spiral of bloodshed.

The document demands of the sides, especially the Taliban movement, to resume talks under the auspices of the United Nations without delays and preliminary conditions. Concern was expressed in the statement that outside interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan continues and, in particular, that thousands of non-Afghan citizens are taking part in the fighting on the side of the Taliban. The "diplomatic" language of the statement that was adopted by consensus does not mention directly Pakistan in this connection but it is an open secret where these "non-Afghan citizens" have come from.

It is topical and weighty (in the light of the latest reports about Usama bin Laden's possible contacts with Shamil Basayev and Khattab) that the statement resolutely condemns the Taliban for facilitating international terrorism. The United Nations Security Council demanded, in particular, that the Taliban movement take effective measures to prevent the use of territory controlled by them by international terrorists to prepare acts of terrorism against other states and their citizens.

The statement by the Chairman of the Security Council was adopted on Russia's initiative and, we hope, in combination with the recent "anti-terrorist" Resolution 1267 of the United Nations Security Council (on sanctions against the Taliban movement) sends a clear signal to the Taliban and their allies as to the assessment of their activities by the international community and will help bring the Afghan settlement back into the political channel.
October 26, 1999



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