UN AFGHANISTAN TERRORISTS

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The UN special envoy for Afghanistan said that he was “deeply concerned” about the high level of violence on the civilian population and said there was “a risk” that the conflict may enter a new phase which “could see retaliatory acts of vengeance and an escalating spiral of violence.” UNIFEED-UNTV

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DATELINE: 21 JUNE 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

21 JUNE 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Afghan Ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan:
“Afghanistan has quite correctly been canvassing support for a regional counter-terrorism strategy, recognizing that peace in Afghanistan and stability in the region demands and deserves a regional effort, and I believe the region accepts this logic and responsibility. I remain however deeply concerned about the impact that the high level of violence is having on the civilian population. There has been no let-up during Ramadan, during which period there have been some reports of disturbing brutality, including attacks on worshippers.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan:
“Only yesterday an incident – in Badhkhshan – caused the death of 10 civilians, among them several children. Civilian casualty levels remain high and conflict-related displacement continues. I am especially concerned about the trend of targeted killings of civilians working in the judicial sector, and of journalists. There is a risk, in my view, that the conflict may enter a new phase, which could see retaliatory acts of vengeance and an escalating spiral of violence.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations:
“The constantly morphing global and regional terrorist groups seek to turn Afghanistan into a launching pad against Central Asia, South Asia, West Asia and the Far East. It is imperative that we remain vigilant and proactive against them. Despite the recent ANDSF heavy blows to ISIL and Al-Qaeda, they continue to position themselves to re-emerge in Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda has gone dark and deep. Other regional terrorist networks, with links to Central Asian republics, Chechnya and China are highly active in our region. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, in coordination with other terror groups, remains a long-term threat to the security and stability of our region.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, today (21 June) said that he was “deeply concerned” about the high level of violence on the civilian population and said there was “a risk” that the conflict may enter a new phase which “could see retaliatory acts of vengeance and an escalating spiral of violence.”

Haysom noted that “only yesterday an incident – in Badhkhshan – caused the death of 10 civilians, among them several children.”

Civilian casualty levels, he said “remain high and conflict-related displacement continues.”

In particular, he expressed concern “about the trend of targeted killings of civilians working in the judicial sector, and of journalists.”

Afghan Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal told the Council that “the constantly morphing global and regional terrorist groups seek to turn Afghanistan into a launching pad against Central Asia, South Asia, West Asia and the Far East.”

He said it was “imperative that we remain vigilant and proactive against them.”

Saikal said that “despite the recent ANDSF heavy blows to ISIL and Al-Qaeda, they continue to position themselves to re-emerge in Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda has gone dark and deep. Other regional terrorist networks, with links to Central Asian republics, Chechnya and China are highly active in our region. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, in coordination with other terror groups, remains a long-term threat to the security and stability of our region.”

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday expressed grave concern about a series of deadly attacks across Afghanistan, reiterating its call for anti-Government elements, including the Taliban, to immediately cease all attacks in civilian-populated areas and stop targeting civilians, including diplomatic facilities and personnel.

A Taliban suicide attack in a crowded area of Kabul city killed 13 Nepalese contractors and injured eight others, including five Nepalese diplomatic security guards and three Afghan civilians.

Following this incident, an improvised explosive device targeting a provincial council member detonated in Kabul city, injuring four civilians including the council member.

Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks in Kabul city but denied responsibility for the attack in Badakhshan province.
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