Declaration on the Situation in Afghanistan by the Foreign Ministers
and other senior representatives of the "Six plus Two
- The heads of delegation met at the United Nations
Headquarters under the auspices of the Secretary-General to discuss the situation
- They deplored the acts of international terrorism
carried out in the United States on 11 September 2001.
- The Ministers and other senior representatives
of the "Six plus Two" condemned the export of international terrorism by the
al-Qaeda network and the ruling Taliban authorities for allowing the continued
use of Afghan territory for such terrorist activities. The Ministers supported
efforts by the Afghan people to rid themselves of the Taliban regime.
- They supported efforts of the international
community to root out terrorism, in keeping with the Charter of the United
Nations, including relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.
They reaffirmed their commitments, in particular, to implement Security Council
resolutions 1267 (1999), 1333 (2000) and 1363 (2001). The al-Qaeda network,
other terrorist groups inside Afghanistan and their Taliban supporters should
be brought to justice.
- The members of the "Six plus Two" reaffirmed
their full support for the sovereignty, political independence and territorial
integrity of Afghanistan and pledged their continued support to efforts of
the Afghan people to find a political solution to the Afghan crisis, and they
agreed that there should be the establishment in Afghanistan of a broad based
multi-ethnic, politically balanced, freely chosen Afghan administration representative
of their aspirations and at peace with its neighbours. This administration
must be able to meet the needs of the Afghan people and respect human rights,
regional stability and Afghanistan's international obligations, including
suppression of trade in narcotics. In this connection, the Ministers welcomed
efforts to create such an administration by Afghans from both within Afghanistan
and from among the Afghan diaspora. They endorsed the previous efforts of
the "Six plus Two" to deal with these issues.
- They welcomed the central role of the United
Nations in assisting the Afghan people in developing a political alternative
to the Taliban regime. In particular, the Ministers endorsed the work of the
Secretary-General's Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, including to
facilitate efforts by Afghan groups committed to a free and peaceful Afghanistan
to establish a broad-based Afghan administration on an urgent basis.
- The members of the "Six plus Two" pledged continued
support for the humanitarian efforts by the United Nations to alleviate the
suffering of the Afghan people, both inside Afghanistan and in refugee camps
located in neighbouring countries. They urged additional contributions from
donor countries to meet these pressing humanitarian needs. They also welcomed
efforts by the international community to begin planning now for the long-term
reconstruction of Afghanistan once a broadly-based government has assumed
office and peace has been restored.
- They pledged their continued support to the
Afghan people and to the Secretary-General, supported by his Special Representative,
in their efforts to restore freedom and peace to Afghanistan.
12 November 2001