The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) on Tuesday quashed reports that the country is headed for a crisis after 2014, emphasising that it was committed not allowing it to collapse.
Unama’s Special Representative to Afghanistan Jan Kubis said in a press conference in Kabul that this commitment is shared by the UN Security Council and many others.
“From both the deliberations of the Security Council and all of my meetings, there was only one [message]. Strong support to Afghanistan. Strong commitment to Afghanistan and the hope for Afghanistan. Trust in Afghanistan,” Kubis said.
The International Crisis Group (ICG) released on Monday a report on Afghanistan saying that without proper reforms in the electoral system, the country was headed for a political crisis, and subsequently a collapse of government and civil war.
Kubis ackonowledged that analysts must assess all situations and outline worst-case scenarios, but he insisted that he did not believe such a situation was Afghanistan’s fate.
“I started this press conference with something different. With the strong commitment of the international community to Afghanistan. That commitment is not based on seeing Afghanistan collapse after 2014. On the contrary,” he said.
“There is an expectation that Afghanistan will work, will develop. With problems, with challenges, with difficulties – maybe more than now – but still, will develop and the international community is ready to do everything that is possible to support Afghanistan and frankly to help Afghanistan not to lapse into these kind of doom and gloom scenarios that are coming from different places. I am not convinced that this is the way.”
Despite the ICG report being backed up by research, Afghan officials strongly refuted the findings saying it was untrue and unhelpful.
Afghan senator Ali Akbar Jamshidi condemned the report for the impact it has on Afghans living in the country.
” I strongly reject the report. In the current situation such a report will have a bad effect on the people’s minds,” he said.
Another senator said the ICG should apologise for the confusion they have caused to the people.
Meanwhile, the Council of Ministers condemned dissemination of the ICG report, calling its conclusions “baseless”.