Random Pagan Verse:
"Come" Odhinn, after nightfall
If you wish for a meeting with me:
All would be lost if anyone saw us
And learned that we were lovers."

Author Topic: United Nations lifts sanctions on notorious Afghan warlord  (Read 476 times)

Offline newspostng (OP)

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Date Registered: Dec 2015
  • Posts: 896
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
United Nations lifts sanctions on notorious Afghan warlord
« on: February 04, 2017, 03:16:16 PM »

The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions on the notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, previously branded "a global terrorist" and accused of widespread human rights abuses.

The move follows a landmark peace deal between Hekmatyar's insurgent group Hezb-i-Islami (HIG) and the Afghan government in September last year, guaranteeing his amnesty and security despite protests by human rights groups.

It was the first such agreement since the Taliban launched their insurgency in 2001, paving the way for the former prime minister's political comeback after nearly two decades in hiding.

The accord was praised by many foreign governments, including the United States, as a step towards peace in Afghanistan.

A statement on the UNSC's website Friday said an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo targeting Hekmatyar no longer applied.

Diplomatic sources said only Russia had opposed the move, though France was initially reluctant because of Hezb-e-Islami's involvement in an ambush northeast of Kabul that cost the lives of 10 French soldiers in August 2008.

Hekmatyar was designated by the US as a "global terrorist" in 2003.

He was a major figure during the bloody civil war of the 1990s, accused of indiscriminately firing rockets into Kabul as well as other human rights abuses, but in recent years the country's insurgent conflict has been led by the Taliban.

The whereabouts of the former prime minister, who was not present in Kabul for the signing of the agreement, remains unknown.

His return to Kabul and to mainstream politics was contingent partially on his removal from US and UN terror blacklists.

The Afghan government, as well as Hekmatyar aides and spokesman, were not immediately available for comment.


 

 

United States and Saudi Arabia seek common ground as Obama and Saudi King Meet

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 436
Last post September 05, 2015, 12:37:49 PM
by mastercode
Russian President Putin accuses United States of attempt to dominate the world

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 816
Last post May 10, 2015, 01:54:19 AM
by mastercode
6 Hurt as Vehicle Strikes People at Muslim Prayer Event in United Kingdom

Started by Postmaster

Replies: 0
Views: 312
Last post June 26, 2017, 09:32:49 AM
by Postmaster
Curfew in United states city Missouri over protests against killing of teen

Started by internet police

Replies: 0
Views: 607
Last post August 17, 2014, 02:14:02 PM
by internet police
United States send 1 000 anti-tank missile systems to Iraq

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 380
Last post May 21, 2015, 01:38:37 AM
by mastercode
Yemeni Al Qaeda leader killed in United States drone strike

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 346
Last post June 18, 2015, 02:54:35 AM
by mastercode
United Kingdom will help destroy Islamic State, David Cameron tells US

Started by internet police

Replies: 0
Views: 278
Last post July 19, 2015, 04:15:34 PM
by internet police
United States Adds Five People to List of Those Penalized Under Human Rights Act

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 261
Last post February 02, 2016, 01:43:33 PM
by mastercode
United States Navy Warns Against Chinese Flights in South China Sea

Started by legendguru

Replies: 0
Views: 278
Last post February 16, 2016, 12:21:39 PM
by legendguru
United States White House to release data on drone strikes

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 491
Last post March 09, 2016, 01:12:25 AM
by mastercode