1) Lise. M. Howard, “A U.N. peacekeeping mission could make all the difference in Afghanistan; Here’s why, ” Los angeles Tims, August 29, 2021 (5:10 PM PT);
2) “U.N. Security Council should act to set up evacuation zones and halt war crimes and crimes against humanity,” The Trenchant Observer, August 25, 2021;
3) “France, UK to propose Kabul ‘safe zone’ to UN, Macron says; Taliban has assured 100 countries departures will continue from Afghanistan even after US troop withdrawal, ” Al Jazeera, August 29, 2021;
4) Silvia Ayuso y Rafa devMiguel, “París y Londres llevan ante la ONU la creación de una zona segura en Kabul; Los ministros de Interior y Justicia de la UE se reunirán este martes para tratar de encontrar una posición común ante la llegada de refugiados afganos,” El País, el 30 de agosto 2021 (04:44 CET);
5) “UN-Sicherheitsrat erhöht mit Resolution Druck auf Taliban,” den 30. August 2021 (21:31 Uhr CEST).
Lise M. Howard makes a strong case for setting up a U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Afghanistan, as a means of monitoring compliance with promises made to the international community, safeguarding basic human rights including women’s rights, and in general mediating the sharp differences that exist between different sectors of Afghan society, and perhaps even among different groups within the Taliban.
Such a mission would help smooth the Taliban’s transition toward acceptance of their government by the international community, and help facilitate a resumption of development and humanitarian assistance, and other financial aid flows sorely needed by the emerging Taliban government to keep the country and its financial system working.
Importantly, Howard proposes that the mission be led by non-Western countries and contingents that include members from the region. She suggests that China might lead the mission.
Her proposal is an eminently good suggestion, which the Biden administration and other Western powers should throw their weight behind. The U.S. and its Western allies should not only acquiesce in the creation of such a a mission, but also fully engage in diplomatic efforts to secure its creation by the United Nations Security Council at an early date.
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called a meeting on Monday, August 30, of the Permanent Members of the Security Council (France, the U.K. Russia, China, and the U.S.) to discuss Afghanistan, Emmanuel Macron is proposing a resolution to establish a safe zone or zones in Kabul to facilitate evacuations. Germany also backs the French resolution.
The Trenchant Observer