Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai told the Security Council he was speaking for millions of people ‘whose fate hangs in the balance,’ including women and girls ‘about to lose their freedom to go to school, to work and to participate in the political, economic, and social life of the country.’
Isaczai called on the council and the UN not to recognise any administration that achieves power by force or any government that is not inclusive. He urged them to call for the immediate establishment of an inclusive transitional government.
The UN has about 3,000 national staff and about 300 international staff on the ground in Afghanistan. On Friday, the UN said some staff had been relocated to Kabul but that none had been evacuated.
“The United Nations’ presence will adapt to the security situation. But above all, we will stay and deliver in support of the Afghan people in their hour of need,” Guterres said.