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DOHA, Qatar — Twenty months after the Taliban returned to energy, the United Nations is struggling to plot a course that, partly, would deal with Afghanistan’s humanitarian disaster with out operating afoul of Western international locations searching for to stress the federal government in Kabul to reasonable its insurance policies.

Rising from two days of talks with diplomatic envoys targeted on Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary Basic António Guterres on Tuesday sought to painting a united entrance, saying that “to attain our goals, we can’t disengage” from Afghanistan. Guterres provided few particulars about what the longer term U.N. presence within the nation would seem like.

Simply weeks in the past, the United Nations recommended it would pull out of Afghanistan, and the Taliban’s newest crackdown on girls’s rights, banning Afghan girls from working for the organization, loomed giant over this week’s assembly.

More and more, the world physique finds itself on the heart of a global debate about the place to attract crimson traces in supporting Afghanistan and in an uncomfortable place as an middleman between the West and the Taliban. No nation has formally acknowledged the Taliban authorities, although some — together with China and Russia — have allowed Taliban diplomats into their international locations. The USA and different Western international locations have been reluctant to take action and now not preserve embassies in Kabul.

Taliban bars Afghan women from working for U.N., organization says

Girls’s activists had referred to as for a boycott of the Doha assembly, arguing that the United Nations ought to take a bolder stance in opposition to the Taliban. The Taliban, in the meantime, says the group has already taken too robust of a stance.

Muhammad Suhail Shaheen, the top of the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha and the group’s designated U.N. consultant, stated he was not invited to the talks. Talking in an interview, he stated, “The U.N. is a world physique — it ought to be impartial.” The choice to not embody the Taliban will “hurt their credibility,” he stated.

Neither is there any worldwide consensus about what the U.N. function in Afghanistan ought to be. Whereas the Safety Council in March prolonged the U.N.’s mandate to assist the Afghan folks, donor international locations have to date solely met about 6 % of the funding goal.

Discovering a path ahead on Afghanistan “is just not a simple job — and it could be traditionally troublesome and difficult for the U.N.,” stated Mona Juul, the Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations in New York, whose nation led the Safety Council’s efforts on Afghanistan till just lately.

The previous few weeks could have illustrated how dangerous the balancing act might be. After deputy U.N. secretary normal Amina J. Mohammed recommended that this week’s talks might enable for “baby steps” towards worldwide recognition of the Taliban, the backlash was swift and powerful.

The United Nations rapidly walked again Mohammed’s feedback, however the injury was troublesome to undo. Over latest days, Afghan activists have shared movies on social media that appeared to indicate girls staging a uncommon protest in Kabul over the weekend in opposition to worldwide recognition of the Taliban. The general public backlash could mirror a broader sentiment amongst Afghan refugees and activists that the group ought to be taking bolder steps, stated Hosna Jalil, a deputy minister for ladies’s and inside affairs underneath the earlier Afghan authorities.

Whereas the United Nations continues to make use of feminine workers in Afghanistan, some girls’s rights activists fear that making a lot of them make money working from home — which the group had beforehand argued was due to security issues — alerts an unacceptable degree of adherence to Taliban orders.

If you wish to counter the Taliban, stated Jalil, girls’s “work must be seen to the general public.”

“If not the U.N., then who?” she stated.

Because the particular envoys convened in Doha to debate what a U.N. spokesman referred to as a “sturdy method ahead” in Afghanistan, the assembly’s location was a reminder of the wishful considering instantly following the Taliban takeover in 2021. The USA and the Taliban had signed a peace settlement in Doha in 2020, prompting some optimism that the group would train extra moderation than throughout its first time in energy a era in the past.

The gulf between the West and the brand new Afghan rulers has widened within the 20 months for the reason that Taliban took over, with each side accusing one another of violating the Doha settlement. Guterres on Tuesday stated the worldwide neighborhood is anxious about Afghanistan’s function in terrorism and drug trafficking, in addition to girls’s and different human rights.

Western issues over being seen as supportive of the Taliban could partly clarify the steep cuts in humanitarian help for Afghanistan. Hugo Slim, a humanitarian research researcher, just lately wrote a blog post advocating that help teams droop operations in Afghanistan relatively than cooperate with the Taliban.

“There comes some extent when humanitarians can’t go on operating an efficient form of trusteeship the place the deal is: Okay, we’ll run the welfare state, and you’ll screw up the politics of your nation and commit political crimes,” he stated in an interview.

However this week’s assembly in Doha means that the U.N. presence in Afghanistan will look very similar to the established order. U.N. businesses and different help teams seem like focusing their energies on discovering methods to bypass the Taliban ban on feminine workers.

There is no such thing as a different to delivering help or to partaking with the Taliban, stated Juul, the Norwegian U.N. ambassador, whose authorities hosted a few of the first talks with the Taliban after the U.S. withdrawal.

“The Taliban themselves have given up on their very own inhabitants and particularly their very own girls. However we as a global neighborhood can’t try this,” she stated.

Haq Nawaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan, contributed to this report.

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DOHA, Qatar — Twenty months after the Taliban returned to energy, the United Nations is struggling to plot a course that, partly, would deal with Afghanistan’s humanitarian disaster with out operating afoul of Western international locations searching for to stress the federal government in Kabul to reasonable its insurance policies.

Rising from two days of talks with diplomatic envoys targeted on Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary Basic António Guterres on Tuesday sought to painting a united entrance, saying that “to attain our goals, we can’t disengage” from Afghanistan. Guterres provided few particulars about what the longer term U.N. presence within the nation would seem like.

Simply weeks in the past, the United Nations recommended it would pull out of Afghanistan, and the Taliban’s newest crackdown on girls’s rights, banning Afghan girls from working for the organization, loomed giant over this week’s assembly.

More and more, the world physique finds itself on the heart of a global debate about the place to attract crimson traces in supporting Afghanistan and in an uncomfortable place as an middleman between the West and the Taliban. No nation has formally acknowledged the Taliban authorities, although some — together with China and Russia — have allowed Taliban diplomats into their international locations. The USA and different Western international locations have been reluctant to take action and now not preserve embassies in Kabul.

Taliban bars Afghan women from working for U.N., organization says

Girls’s activists had referred to as for a boycott of the Doha assembly, arguing that the United Nations ought to take a bolder stance in opposition to the Taliban. The Taliban, in the meantime, says the group has already taken too robust of a stance.

Muhammad Suhail Shaheen, the top of the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha and the group’s designated U.N. consultant, stated he was not invited to the talks. Talking in an interview, he stated, “The U.N. is a world physique — it ought to be impartial.” The choice to not embody the Taliban will “hurt their credibility,” he stated.

Neither is there any worldwide consensus about what the U.N. function in Afghanistan ought to be. Whereas the Safety Council in March prolonged the U.N.’s mandate to assist the Afghan folks, donor international locations have to date solely met about 6 % of the funding goal.

Discovering a path ahead on Afghanistan “is just not a simple job — and it could be traditionally troublesome and difficult for the U.N.,” stated Mona Juul, the Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations in New York, whose nation led the Safety Council’s efforts on Afghanistan till just lately.

The previous few weeks could have illustrated how dangerous the balancing act might be. After deputy U.N. secretary normal Amina J. Mohammed recommended that this week’s talks might enable for “baby steps” towards worldwide recognition of the Taliban, the backlash was swift and powerful.

The United Nations rapidly walked again Mohammed’s feedback, however the injury was troublesome to undo. Over latest days, Afghan activists have shared movies on social media that appeared to indicate girls staging a uncommon protest in Kabul over the weekend in opposition to worldwide recognition of the Taliban. The general public backlash could mirror a broader sentiment amongst Afghan refugees and activists that the group ought to be taking bolder steps, stated Hosna Jalil, a deputy minister for ladies’s and inside affairs underneath the earlier Afghan authorities.

Whereas the United Nations continues to make use of feminine workers in Afghanistan, some girls’s rights activists fear that making a lot of them make money working from home — which the group had beforehand argued was due to security issues — alerts an unacceptable degree of adherence to Taliban orders.

If you wish to counter the Taliban, stated Jalil, girls’s “work must be seen to the general public.”

“If not the U.N., then who?” she stated.

Because the particular envoys convened in Doha to debate what a U.N. spokesman referred to as a “sturdy method ahead” in Afghanistan, the assembly’s location was a reminder of the wishful considering instantly following the Taliban takeover in 2021. The USA and the Taliban had signed a peace settlement in Doha in 2020, prompting some optimism that the group would train extra moderation than throughout its first time in energy a era in the past.

The gulf between the West and the brand new Afghan rulers has widened within the 20 months for the reason that Taliban took over, with each side accusing one another of violating the Doha settlement. Guterres on Tuesday stated the worldwide neighborhood is anxious about Afghanistan’s function in terrorism and drug trafficking, in addition to girls’s and different human rights.

Western issues over being seen as supportive of the Taliban could partly clarify the steep cuts in humanitarian help for Afghanistan. Hugo Slim, a humanitarian research researcher, just lately wrote a blog post advocating that help teams droop operations in Afghanistan relatively than cooperate with the Taliban.

“There comes some extent when humanitarians can’t go on operating an efficient form of trusteeship the place the deal is: Okay, we’ll run the welfare state, and you’ll screw up the politics of your nation and commit political crimes,” he stated in an interview.

However this week’s assembly in Doha means that the U.N. presence in Afghanistan will look very similar to the established order. U.N. businesses and different help teams seem like focusing their energies on discovering methods to bypass the Taliban ban on feminine workers.

There is no such thing as a different to delivering help or to partaking with the Taliban, stated Juul, the Norwegian U.N. ambassador, whose authorities hosted a few of the first talks with the Taliban after the U.S. withdrawal.

“The Taliban themselves have given up on their very own inhabitants and particularly their very own girls. However we as a global neighborhood can’t try this,” she stated.

Haq Nawaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan, contributed to this report.

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DOHA, Qatar — Twenty months after the Taliban returned to energy, the United Nations is struggling to plot a course that, partly, would deal with Afghanistan’s humanitarian disaster with out operating afoul of Western international locations searching for to stress the federal government in Kabul to reasonable its insurance policies.

Rising from two days of talks with diplomatic envoys targeted on Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary Basic António Guterres on Tuesday sought to painting a united entrance, saying that “to attain our goals, we can’t disengage” from Afghanistan. Guterres provided few particulars about what the longer term U.N. presence within the nation would seem like.

Simply weeks in the past, the United Nations recommended it would pull out of Afghanistan, and the Taliban’s newest crackdown on girls’s rights, banning Afghan girls from working for the organization, loomed giant over this week’s assembly.

More and more, the world physique finds itself on the heart of a global debate about the place to attract crimson traces in supporting Afghanistan and in an uncomfortable place as an middleman between the West and the Taliban. No nation has formally acknowledged the Taliban authorities, although some — together with China and Russia — have allowed Taliban diplomats into their international locations. The USA and different Western international locations have been reluctant to take action and now not preserve embassies in Kabul.

Taliban bars Afghan women from working for U.N., organization says

Girls’s activists had referred to as for a boycott of the Doha assembly, arguing that the United Nations ought to take a bolder stance in opposition to the Taliban. The Taliban, in the meantime, says the group has already taken too robust of a stance.

Muhammad Suhail Shaheen, the top of the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha and the group’s designated U.N. consultant, stated he was not invited to the talks. Talking in an interview, he stated, “The U.N. is a world physique — it ought to be impartial.” The choice to not embody the Taliban will “hurt their credibility,” he stated.

Neither is there any worldwide consensus about what the U.N. function in Afghanistan ought to be. Whereas the Safety Council in March prolonged the U.N.’s mandate to assist the Afghan folks, donor international locations have to date solely met about 6 % of the funding goal.

Discovering a path ahead on Afghanistan “is just not a simple job — and it could be traditionally troublesome and difficult for the U.N.,” stated Mona Juul, the Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations in New York, whose nation led the Safety Council’s efforts on Afghanistan till just lately.

The previous few weeks could have illustrated how dangerous the balancing act might be. After deputy U.N. secretary normal Amina J. Mohammed recommended that this week’s talks might enable for “baby steps” towards worldwide recognition of the Taliban, the backlash was swift and powerful.

The United Nations rapidly walked again Mohammed’s feedback, however the injury was troublesome to undo. Over latest days, Afghan activists have shared movies on social media that appeared to indicate girls staging a uncommon protest in Kabul over the weekend in opposition to worldwide recognition of the Taliban. The general public backlash could mirror a broader sentiment amongst Afghan refugees and activists that the group ought to be taking bolder steps, stated Hosna Jalil, a deputy minister for ladies’s and inside affairs underneath the earlier Afghan authorities.

Whereas the United Nations continues to make use of feminine workers in Afghanistan, some girls’s rights activists fear that making a lot of them make money working from home — which the group had beforehand argued was due to security issues — alerts an unacceptable degree of adherence to Taliban orders.

If you wish to counter the Taliban, stated Jalil, girls’s “work must be seen to the general public.”

“If not the U.N., then who?” she stated.

Because the particular envoys convened in Doha to debate what a U.N. spokesman referred to as a “sturdy method ahead” in Afghanistan, the assembly’s location was a reminder of the wishful considering instantly following the Taliban takeover in 2021. The USA and the Taliban had signed a peace settlement in Doha in 2020, prompting some optimism that the group would train extra moderation than throughout its first time in energy a era in the past.

The gulf between the West and the brand new Afghan rulers has widened within the 20 months for the reason that Taliban took over, with each side accusing one another of violating the Doha settlement. Guterres on Tuesday stated the worldwide neighborhood is anxious about Afghanistan’s function in terrorism and drug trafficking, in addition to girls’s and different human rights.

Western issues over being seen as supportive of the Taliban could partly clarify the steep cuts in humanitarian help for Afghanistan. Hugo Slim, a humanitarian research researcher, just lately wrote a blog post advocating that help teams droop operations in Afghanistan relatively than cooperate with the Taliban.

“There comes some extent when humanitarians can’t go on operating an efficient form of trusteeship the place the deal is: Okay, we’ll run the welfare state, and you’ll screw up the politics of your nation and commit political crimes,” he stated in an interview.

However this week’s assembly in Doha means that the U.N. presence in Afghanistan will look very similar to the established order. U.N. businesses and different help teams seem like focusing their energies on discovering methods to bypass the Taliban ban on feminine workers.

There is no such thing as a different to delivering help or to partaking with the Taliban, stated Juul, the Norwegian U.N. ambassador, whose authorities hosted a few of the first talks with the Taliban after the U.S. withdrawal.

“The Taliban themselves have given up on their very own inhabitants and particularly their very own girls. However we as a global neighborhood can’t try this,” she stated.

Haq Nawaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan, contributed to this report.

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DOHA, Qatar — Twenty months after the Taliban returned to energy, the United Nations is struggling to plot a course that, partly, would deal with Afghanistan’s humanitarian disaster with out operating afoul of Western international locations searching for to stress the federal government in Kabul to reasonable its insurance policies.

Rising from two days of talks with diplomatic envoys targeted on Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary Basic António Guterres on Tuesday sought to painting a united entrance, saying that “to attain our goals, we can’t disengage” from Afghanistan. Guterres provided few particulars about what the longer term U.N. presence within the nation would seem like.

Simply weeks in the past, the United Nations recommended it would pull out of Afghanistan, and the Taliban’s newest crackdown on girls’s rights, banning Afghan girls from working for the organization, loomed giant over this week’s assembly.

More and more, the world physique finds itself on the heart of a global debate about the place to attract crimson traces in supporting Afghanistan and in an uncomfortable place as an middleman between the West and the Taliban. No nation has formally acknowledged the Taliban authorities, although some — together with China and Russia — have allowed Taliban diplomats into their international locations. The USA and different Western international locations have been reluctant to take action and now not preserve embassies in Kabul.

Taliban bars Afghan women from working for U.N., organization says

Girls’s activists had referred to as for a boycott of the Doha assembly, arguing that the United Nations ought to take a bolder stance in opposition to the Taliban. The Taliban, in the meantime, says the group has already taken too robust of a stance.

Muhammad Suhail Shaheen, the top of the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha and the group’s designated U.N. consultant, stated he was not invited to the talks. Talking in an interview, he stated, “The U.N. is a world physique — it ought to be impartial.” The choice to not embody the Taliban will “hurt their credibility,” he stated.

Neither is there any worldwide consensus about what the U.N. function in Afghanistan ought to be. Whereas the Safety Council in March prolonged the U.N.’s mandate to assist the Afghan folks, donor international locations have to date solely met about 6 % of the funding goal.

Discovering a path ahead on Afghanistan “is just not a simple job — and it could be traditionally troublesome and difficult for the U.N.,” stated Mona Juul, the Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations in New York, whose nation led the Safety Council’s efforts on Afghanistan till just lately.

The previous few weeks could have illustrated how dangerous the balancing act might be. After deputy U.N. secretary normal Amina J. Mohammed recommended that this week’s talks might enable for “baby steps” towards worldwide recognition of the Taliban, the backlash was swift and powerful.

The United Nations rapidly walked again Mohammed’s feedback, however the injury was troublesome to undo. Over latest days, Afghan activists have shared movies on social media that appeared to indicate girls staging a uncommon protest in Kabul over the weekend in opposition to worldwide recognition of the Taliban. The general public backlash could mirror a broader sentiment amongst Afghan refugees and activists that the group ought to be taking bolder steps, stated Hosna Jalil, a deputy minister for ladies’s and inside affairs underneath the earlier Afghan authorities.

Whereas the United Nations continues to make use of feminine workers in Afghanistan, some girls’s rights activists fear that making a lot of them make money working from home — which the group had beforehand argued was due to security issues — alerts an unacceptable degree of adherence to Taliban orders.

If you wish to counter the Taliban, stated Jalil, girls’s “work must be seen to the general public.”

“If not the U.N., then who?” she stated.

Because the particular envoys convened in Doha to debate what a U.N. spokesman referred to as a “sturdy method ahead” in Afghanistan, the assembly’s location was a reminder of the wishful considering instantly following the Taliban takeover in 2021. The USA and the Taliban had signed a peace settlement in Doha in 2020, prompting some optimism that the group would train extra moderation than throughout its first time in energy a era in the past.

The gulf between the West and the brand new Afghan rulers has widened within the 20 months for the reason that Taliban took over, with each side accusing one another of violating the Doha settlement. Guterres on Tuesday stated the worldwide neighborhood is anxious about Afghanistan’s function in terrorism and drug trafficking, in addition to girls’s and different human rights.

Western issues over being seen as supportive of the Taliban could partly clarify the steep cuts in humanitarian help for Afghanistan. Hugo Slim, a humanitarian research researcher, just lately wrote a blog post advocating that help teams droop operations in Afghanistan relatively than cooperate with the Taliban.

“There comes some extent when humanitarians can’t go on operating an efficient form of trusteeship the place the deal is: Okay, we’ll run the welfare state, and you’ll screw up the politics of your nation and commit political crimes,” he stated in an interview.

However this week’s assembly in Doha means that the U.N. presence in Afghanistan will look very similar to the established order. U.N. businesses and different help teams seem like focusing their energies on discovering methods to bypass the Taliban ban on feminine workers.

There is no such thing as a different to delivering help or to partaking with the Taliban, stated Juul, the Norwegian U.N. ambassador, whose authorities hosted a few of the first talks with the Taliban after the U.S. withdrawal.

“The Taliban themselves have given up on their very own inhabitants and particularly their very own girls. However we as a global neighborhood can’t try this,” she stated.

Haq Nawaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan, contributed to this report.

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