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Violence against civilians in Afghanistan rose after commencement of peace talks: UN, South Asia News

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United Nations in a report on Tuesday claimed that civilian casualties in Afghanistan jumped after the commencement of peace talks last year.  Currently, negotiators are meeting for the first time after weeks of inaction, Reuters reported.

Peace talks facilitated by the US began in September, but since then progress has remained very slow, with violence continuing to rise with uncertainty. International troops are expected to pull out their troops by May, as planned originally. In 2020, civilian casualties were 8,820 as per data from the United Nations’ mission to Afghanistan’s annual report.

This number is 15 per cent less than the previous year. Even then, the authors of the report noted a sharp increase in civilian casualties in the last 3 months of 2020 when peace talks had begun.

Also read: NATO puts holds on Afghanistan decision, expands in Iraq

“[Last year] could have been the year of peace in Afghanistan. Instead, thousands of Afghan civilians perished,” said Deborah Lyons, head of UNAMA. Lyons also called for a ceasefire which the Taliban has rejected multiple times.

“Parties refusing to consider a ceasefire must recognise the devastating consequences”, Lyons added.

Also read: NATO will not withdraw troops from Afghanistan before ‘time is right’, says Stoltenberg

On Tuesday, the Taliban put forward a response, claiming that “the concerns, precise information and accurate details that were shared by us have not been taken into account.”

The report added how for the first time since records began, deaths and injuries had increased in the last three months of 2020, which is much higher than the last three months. For the fourth quarter, casualties were up by 45 per cent as compared to the same period in 2019.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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