Security Council Approves Aid for Afghanistan

On Wednesday, the Security Council unanimously approved humanitarian aid for Afghanistan.

The country’s Taliban ruling authorities won’t have access to approved funding.

According to the SC Res. 2615, “payment of funds, other financial assets or economic resources, and the provision of goods and services necessary to ensure the timely delivery of such assistance or to support such activities are permitted.”

According to China’s UN envoy Zhang Jun, “humanitarian aid and life-saving assistance must be able to reach the Afghan people without any hindrance.”

“Artificially created conditions or restrictions are not acceptable.”

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the following:

On Tuesday, “(t)he Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2615.”

It enables the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to Afghans in need. 

“China closely follows Afghanistan’s humanitarian situation and helps (it) address economic and livelihood difficulties through various ways.” 

Beijing “supports the UN in playing a greater coordinating role and calls on all international partners to step up assistance to Afghanistan.”

“China always believes that humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan does not violate Security Council resolutions, and should not be conditional, nor should it be politicized under any circumstances.” 

“The Security Council should play a constructive role in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, and actions should help to clarify doubts and facilitate the timely, smooth and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.” 

“During the consultation of this resolution, some member states posited to create time limits, a list of aid providers and an onerous reporting mechanism, setting artificial restrictions and conditions for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan that deviate from the purpose.” 

“China has been constructively engaged in the consultations and put forward specific amendments.”

“The (adopted) resolution reflects the views of China and clarified the key issues.” 

“Up to 39 million Afghan people are facing a humanitarian crisis.”

“The US and NATO members bear responsibility for the current Afghan situation.” 

“They should immediately unfreeze (around $9.5 billion of) Afghanistan’s overseas assets, join hands with the international community in helping Afghanistan recover its economy and achieve development, and make contributions to relieving the difficulties facing the Afghan people.”

UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs Martin Griffiths said the following:

Aid ongoing to Afghans in need must “urgently (be) ramp(ed) up.”

Its deliverance depends on depoliticizing it.

The country’s “economic collapse is unprecedented” because of forever US-dominated NATO war on the nation and its people.

“No cash is left” internally for their needs.

“Salaries haven’t been paid in months” because of its unavailability.

Healthcare facilities are dysfunctional for the same reason.

Aid is restricted to one year — its continuance to be reevaluated at this time next year.

Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov minced no words saying that hegemon USA-dominated NATO bears full financial responsibility for severe economic crisis conditions in the country.

Their ruling regimes should bear the main burden of providing humanitarian aid in all forms needed.

The US-dominated West unacceptably froze billions of dollars of Afghan assets — money belonging to the nation and its people.

On its own, Russia is supplying Afghans with substantial amounts of vitally needed aid.

Tens of millions of Afghans are food insecure.

Millions are at risk of starvation without significant amounts of aid to the country.

An estimated $4.5 billion at minimum in humanitarian aid is needed in 2022.

Russia’s deputy UN envoy Anna Evstigneeva said agreeing on the draft was not easy, but the text fulfills Moscow’s aim, adding:

It calls for “enabl(ing) the flow of humanitarian assistance through all channels, and to do so quickly, without preconditions or fears of restrictions.”

At the same time, she stressed that Afghanistan cannot overcome crisis conditions without unfreezing its overseas assets. 

Lack of liquidity paralyzed its economy.  

She called on hegemon USA and its Western partners to return the nation’s illegally frozen funds. 

Tens of billions of dollars are needed for humanitarian aid and for rebuilding what US-dominated NATO raped and destroyed since the 9/11 mother of all state-sponsored false flags to that time over 20 years ago.

A Final Comment

Refugees International (RI) said “humanitarian assistance and other activities that support human needs in Afghanistan” will not violate UN sanctions on individuals and entities associated with the Taliban. 

An estimated 23 million Afghans are in dire need because of “crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity.”

As stated above, China estimated that 39 million Afghan are in dire need of aid.

Part of the country face famine conditions. 

Over one million children are acutely malnourished and at risk of death.

RI called for:

“Massively scale(d)-up humanitarian assistance and capacity to provide relief.”

“Support the delivery of critically needed basic services and address a liquidity crisis.”

“Recognize that many Afghans need to flee” because of dire conditions.

RI called for “resettl(ing) (them) in the US and other countries.”

All of the above actions are “achievable,” it stressed.

What’s “missing” and needed is “political will to move quickly and boldly to avoid the needless suffering of millions of Afghans.”

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