The vote in the UN Security Council on a resolution supporting the agreement between the US and the Taliban will be held on Tuesday, sources in the Security Council told.
Earlier, at a ceremony in Qatar, the US and the Taliban signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the start of an inter-Afghan dialogue in March after a prisoner exchange deal. The US has pledged to reduce the number of military personnel in this country to 8.6 thousand. On Thursday, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the United States is confident that the Taliban leadership is doing everything to fulfill the deal.
“The vote is expected on Tuesday at 16: 00,” the source said.
A second source confirmed this information.
According to the draft resolution, “the Security Council welcomes significant steps towards ending the war,” the beginning of intra-Afghan negotiations, which became possible thanks to the Joint Declaration of the United States and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as well as the agreement between the United States and the Taliban.
As noted in the text, the UN Security Council calls on the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to implement additional confidence-building measures as a sign of goodwill to create conditions conducive to the rapid start and success of intra-Afghan negotiations and the establishment of lasting peace. This includes reducing the level of violence and releasing prisoners.
The Security Council calls on all States to provide full support for successful negotiations on a comprehensive and sustainable peace agreement that will end the war, the text says.
The Security Council expresses its readiness to begin reviewing the status of individuals, groups, enterprises, and legal entities included in the list drawn up in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1988, as soon as inter-Afghan negotiations begin. This list of sanctions includes individuals, legal entities, as well as businesses and groups associated with the Taliban.