UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday welcomed the announcement by the Afghan government and the Taliban of a cease-fire to enable the Afghan people to celebrate Eid al-Adha in peace.
The secretary-general urged all parties concerned to seize this opportunity and embrace an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. Only a peaceful settlement can bring an end to the suffering in Afghanistan, said Farhan Haq, Guterres’ deputy spokesman, in a statement.
Guterres reiterated the urgency of a lasting cease-fire for addressing the COVID-19 emergency and underlined the readiness of the United Nations to provide any assistance that the parties may require, said the statement.
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