After 40 years, there is an opportunity for peace throughout Afghanistan and opportunity to root out terrorism from there. This opportunity must not be lost at the altar of ego, revenge or disappointment, much less allowed to be sabotaged by those who see personal or strategic gain in continued conflict and chaos in Afghanistan.
There is no doubt that, without humanitarian assistance, chaos and renewed conflict could return to Afghanistan with an exodus of refugees, and an escalation of a terrorist threat.
International community should continue and enhance its engagement with the new Government in Afghanistan utilizing all available formats – the Extended Troika, the six neighbor’s platform, the OIC as well as other multilateral and bilateral consultations, such as those convened by Norway earlier this week in Oslo.
It is only through dialogue, it is only through consultations and mutual persuasion that we will be able to achieve agreed outcomes. Coercion is not the road to peace in Afghanistan. It has not been in the past 20 years and it will not be in the future.
To stabilize Afghanistan, This should incorporate the expectations of the international community – for inclusivity, human and women’s rights and counter-terrorism – as well as the expectations that have been voiced by the interim Afghan Government – for economic and financial support, an end to sanctions and eventual recognition.
Yet even with all of this, efforts are insufficient compared to the needs. Humanitarian aid cannot replace a functioning economy, and that’s what we are here to talk about today. The measures we are putting in place to increase liquidity cannot replace a properly functioning Central Bank. We are still addressing the crisis rather than the root causes of the crisis.