The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General conveys his condolences to the families who have suffered from the recent Taliban attacks in Ghazni.
The Secretary-General stresses the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of talks between the parties to the conflict to negotiate a sustainable peace. The targeting of civilians and of civilian facilities are clear violations of international humanitarian law.
The warring parties must do everything feasible to ensure that no further civilians are killed or injured by the fighting and must allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance so that it can reach Ghazni.
The Secretary-General once again stresses that there can be no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and urgently calls for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the interest of building a more stable and prosperous future for all Afghans.