Participants of the Vienna Conference have declared that the United Nations should step up its monitoring of the Security Council’s sanctions on the Taliban.
The conclusive statement from the third round of the Vienna Conference, released on Tuesday, December 5, underscores a commitment to the principles of democracy, human rights, and national unity as the foundational pillars for establishing a democratic and representative political system in Afghanistan.
The participants have urged the United Nations to take concrete actions to ensure peace, stability, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, continuity, and the fair distribution of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
According to them, the United Nations should prioritize resolving the political crisis and establishing the legitimacy of governance, conditioning any interaction with the Taliban on progress in these critical areas.
The statement emphasizes that the United Nations should continue to enhance its oversight and implementation of Security Council sanctions against the Taliban.
Conference members have called on regional and global countries to coordinate efforts in combating all forms of terrorism, aligning with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and international conventions.
The statement additionally notes, “We call on Islamic countries and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to support the struggles of women and take a clear stance against the misinterpretation of Islam by the Taliban.”
Meanwhile, Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, stated after the conference that the Vienna Conference served as a positive starting point for reaching common ground among all movements and groups.
It is noteworthy that the Vienna Conference, held under the theme “The Democratic Future of Afghanistan,” brought together political figures, officials from the previous government, the leader of the National Resistance Front, human rights activists, members of civil society organizations, journalists, and diplomats from the previous government. The conference was organized by the Institute for International Affairs in Austria.