UN chief: former Kyrgyzstan president to go Afghan mission

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UNITED NATIONS — Former Kyrgyzstan president Roza Otunbayeva has been appointed as the brand new U.N. particular envoy for crisis-stricken Afghanistan, Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres introduced late Friday.

Otunbayeva succeeds Deborah Lyons of Canada as head of the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan often known as UNAMA. She will likely be in control of the U.N.’s humanitarian operations and dealings with the nation’s Taliban rulers.

Guterres stated Otunbayeva brings to the place over 35 years {of professional} expertise in management, diplomacy, civic engagement, and worldwide cooperation.

She served as president in 2010-2011, as overseas minister on three events, in parliament and as deputy prime minister. She was additionally Kyrgyzstan’s ambassador to the US and Britain.

Presently, Otunbayeva is a member of Guterres’ Excessive-Degree Advisory Board on Mediation and head of the Roza Otunbayeva Initiative Basis in Kyrgyzstan.

U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths warned the Safety Council Monday that Afghanistan faces deepening poverty, with 6 million individuals struggling extreme meals shortages stemming from humanitarian, financial, local weather and monetary crises.

Battle, poverty, local weather shocks and meals insecurity “have long been a sad reality” in Afghanistan, Griffiths stated. What makes the present state of affairs “so critical” is the halt to large-scale growth help because the Taliban takeover a yr in the past, he stated.

Greater than half the Afghan inhabitants — some 24 million individuals — want help and near 19 million are dealing with acute ranges of meals insecurity, Griffiths stated.

“We worry” these figures will quickly worsen as winter climate sends already excessive gasoline and meals costs skyrocketing, he stated.

Afghanistan’s financial system has cratered because the pullout of U.S. and allied forces in August 2021 and the withdrawal of overseas help businesses over the Taliban’s refusal to permit ladies to attend college and different human rights violations.

Afghan funds overseas have been frozen, though U.S. President Joe Biden has signed an order calling for banks to offer $3.5 billion of the quantity to a belief fund for distribution by way of humanitarian teams for Afghan reduction and fundamental wants.

The U.N. can be in search of billions in reduction funds from donor nations.

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