Security Council condemns the Taliban’s announcement to start the spring offensive

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned the Afghan Taliban’s announcement of the start of the spring fighting, saying that this annual attack by the extremist movement as the snow began to melt “will only lead to more suffering and destruction for the Afghan people,” he said.

“Calls for more fighting are not conducive to a lasting peace,” the council’s 15 members said in a statement.

“The members of the Security Council call on all parties to the conflict to seize the opportunity to start an all-Afghan-Afghan dialogue and negotiations leading to a political settlement,” the statement added.

The Taliban announced in a statement on Friday the start of the spring offensive. The hard-line movement uses spring and snow-melting solutions every year to intensify its attacks on government and foreign forces supporting it, although fighting has continued in recent years during the winter.

Last summer, the United States began a series of talks with Taliban insurgents in an effort to end the war and get out of Afghanistan, where it is locked in the longest war in its history.

The last round of talks between Washington and the Taliban ended in March in Qatar.

Representatives of the Afghan government are due to meet Taliban representatives for the first time from April 19-21 in Doha, Kabul said.

The Taliban have not confirmed this date, and have so far continued to reject dialogue with the Kabul authorities, which they consider a “puppet” in Washington’s hands.

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