Norway to Host Closed Meeting on Afghanistan

Norway to Host Closed Meeting on Afghanistan

The Norwegian Permanent Mission to the UN said that it will be hosting a closed Arria-formula meeting titled "Engaging Afghanistan."

The Norwegian Permanent Mission to the UN said in a statement that the UN special envoy Roza Otunbayeva, deputy special envoy Ramiz Alakbarov, and a female civil society representative would be among the briefers.

“We are very concerned about the situation for the people of Afghanistan as they are facing a multitude of crises,” said the Norwegian Permanent Ambassador to the UN, Mona Juul. “The reason we are bringing members together in this way is to have an informal, critical, discussion on the political situation and how the Security Council best can support the political aspects of the mandate of the UN Mission in the way ahead.”

The Islamic Emirate said that all types of meetings including the Norwegian summit should consider the situation of the Afghans.

“The expectations of the people of Afghanistan from any meeting being held in any country in which Afghan issues are being discussed-- is to provide them with help. The problems which exist can be solved via negotiations,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

The political analysts believe that such summits could benefit the situation in Afghanistan.

“Norway is a country which has a positive and important role in relations with current and former government,” said Abdul Jamil Shirani, a political analyst.

“The meeting of the UN Security Council which is being called in by the Norway is a positive step and should be welcomed by the Afghans. But the representatives of the people of Afghanistan should be present in such meetings,” said Wahid Faqiri, a political analyst.

The statement of the Norwegian Permanent Mission in Afghanistan said that the five incoming members to the Security Council were also invited to the meeting.