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UN chief: Former president of Kyrgyzstan will head the Afghan mission

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva has been appointed because the United Nations’ new particular envoy for troubled Afghanistan, Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres introduced late Friday.

Otunbayeva replaces Canada’s Deborah Lyon as head of the United Nations political mission in Afghanistan, often known as UNAMA. She will likely be answerable for UN humanitarian operations and coping with the nation’s Taliban rulers.

Guterres mentioned Otunbayeva has greater than 35 years {of professional} expertise in management, diplomacy, civic engagement and worldwide cooperation.

He served as President in 2010–2011, as International Minister on three events, in Parliament and as Deputy Prime Minister. She was additionally Kyrgyzstan’s ambassador to the USA and Britain.

Presently, Otunbayeva is a member of the Excessive-Degree Advisory Board on Guterres’ mediation and heads the Rosa Otunbayeva Initiative Basis in Kyrgyzstan.

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths warned the Security Council on Monday Afghanistan faces deep poverty, with 6 million folks going through extreme meals insecurity on account of humanitarian, financial, local weather and monetary crises.

Battle, poverty, local weather shocks and meals insecurity “have lengthy been a tragic actuality” in Afghanistan, Griffiths mentioned. What makes the present state of affairs “so essential,” he mentioned, is that improvement support has largely been halted because the Taliban took over a 12 months in the past.

Greater than half of the Afghan inhabitants – about 24 million folks – are in want of help and about 19 million face extreme ranges of meals insecurity, Griffiths mentioned.

“We’re involved” these figures will quickly worsen as winter climate is already inflicting excessive gasoline and skyrocketing meals costs, he mentioned.

Afghanistan’s economic system has stalled because the withdrawal of US and allied forces in August 2021 and the withdrawal of international support businesses because of the Taliban’s refusal to permit women to attend faculty and different human rights abuses.

Afghan funds overseas have been blocked, though US President Joe Biden has signed an order Banks have been requested to supply $3.5 billion to a belief fund to be distributed by humanitarian teams for Afghan aid and fundamental wants.

The United Nations can be in search of aid funds price billions of rupees from donor nations.

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