Participants of the second round of Vienna talks on opposition to the Taliban, held in the Austrian capital, have called on the United Nations to prevent any discussion on the continued domination of the Taliban in Afghanistan during the UN’s special meeting in Doha.
On Wednesday, 26 April, the participants of this session issued a joint statement, demanding greater cohesion among political, social, cultural, civil, and independent figures opposed to the Taliban.
The statement reads, “While we consider negotiation and a peaceful political solution to be the best option but given the non-changing policies and practices of the Taliban so far, we support all forms of resistance struggle against the Taliban, including armed resistance, and will strive to expand and strengthen them. We also ask that the international community recognize the legitimacy of all forms of resistance by the peoples of Afghanistan.”
The Vienna meeting participants have also called for the recognition and support of all forms of resistance against the Taliban by the international community.
They have also found the recent statements by Amina Mohammad, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, insufficient and called them irresponsible.
The Vienna statement reads, “We ask the United Nations and the international community to reprimand the Taliban, and to impose sanctions on those of their leaders committing systematic violations of human rights and women’s rights.”
The Vienna meeting participants have also asked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to condemn the Taliban’s un-Islamic methods and actions and to take a clear and practical stance against it.
It is worth mentioning that the second round of Vienna talks was held in the Austrian capital with the presence of 30 people opposed to the Taliban for two days.