Spirit behind cease-fire petition for Afghanistan should grow stronger: UN envoy

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Ján Kubiš. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has urged women in the country to build on the momentum behind a petition calling for peace.

Ján Kubiš made the call ahead of the 5 April elections which have been marred by a string of violent attacks by the Taliban against election facilities.

The petition has garnered a quarter of a million signatures since mid-January.

The UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq has more.

"In early March, the Women's Committee of the High Peace Council, an Afghan body leading the country's peace efforts, submitted the petition to UNAMA for onward transmission to the head of the world body, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The signature campaign started in mid-January covering most of the country's 34 provinces. The Secretary-General received the petition at UN Headquarters in New York on 21 March. Mr. Ban welcomed the peace campaign, noting that it was in the spirit of the Security Council's Resolution 1325, and was another indication of the strong demands of the Afghan people for peace in their country."

The Women's Committee has also presented the petition to President Hamid Karzai and Taliban militia.

Mr. Kubiš urged the leaders of Afghanistan and of the anti-Government groups to take heed of the petition's message.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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