UNP questions Government’s recognition of the Taliban

The United National Party has questioned the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka to officially recognise the Taliban as the Governing authority in Afghanistan.

In a statement to the media, UNP Member, Sudath Jayasundera, stated that Sri Lanka’s recognition of the Taliban has made the country one of the first to acknowledge the group’s ascent to power.

The Government has rushed to embrace the Taliban while the rest of the world is proceeding with caution. Furthermore, the Government has recognised a group that has not officially formed an administration in the country. The Taliban have publicly stated that they are still in negotiations with other groups to form a Government.

Jayasundera questioned why the Sri Lankan Government sought to immediately recognise this group.

In 2001 the Taliban was ousted from power by an international led coalition which was sanctioned by the United Nations.

At the time the Taliban was responsible for providing a sanctuary for terrorist organisations such as Al-Qaeda, who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks in America. To date the Taliban have not renounced ties with terror organisations such as Al-Qaeda which raises concerns that their assumption of power will embolden such terror outfits.

As a country who has suffered at the hands of terrorist groups, it is essential that the Government proceeds with caution. He further questioned the Government as to why they have chosen to recognise a group who was responsible for the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues.

In 2001 former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake visited Pakistan in an attempt to save the statues. Despite the country’s efforts, the Taliban proceeded with their heinous crime of destroying the statues.

For Sri Lanka to recognise such a group, they will have to immediately issue an apology to the global Buddhist community over the destruction of the Bamiyan statues.

Jayasundera also raised concerns over the Taliban’s continued mistreatment of women. Despite statements from the Taliban that women would be allowed to continue to attend school and work, reports from the country suggest that they are not interested in upholding this promise.

Last week the Secretary-General of the U.N. stated that they have received reports of targeted killings of Afghan women. These reports were supported by the Afghan Ambassador to the U.N.

“The women of Afghan have undergone much mistreatment and it is of utmost importance that the Governing body of Afghanistan afford women their safety and freedom. The decision by the Government to recognise the Taliban has been made in haste with no proper consultation. It has left the country a laughing-stock on the international stage,” the UNP said.

Jayasundera said that had the Government withheld their recognition of the Taliban, Sri Lanka could have influenced the direction that the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) takes in regards Afghanistan. However, he said that this misstep by the Government has left the country with little bargaining power in the regional politics.

The UNP urged the Government to allow Parliament the opportunity to debate the matter and decide on a course of action in regards Afghanistan and the Taliban. (Colombo Gazette)

8 COMMENTS

  1. I believe that the government has done the right thing by giving an opportunity for Talibans to restart their lives. Please note, the Rajapaksa government also gave opportunity for the LTTE members to live a normal life. Nothing wrong in helping people to become good citizens of the world, this makes human evolution meaningful and this is what China and Russia try to achieve in Afghanistan.

  2. Yes the United National Party is correct we need to wait until Afghanistan calls for elections and the citizens can decide who they want to lead their country…

    • I know Antany appears to be a permanent abuser of hallucinogenic substances, but what the heck are you on ?

      Do you seriously think the Taliban after 20 years in the wilderness will provide the people of Afghanistan any opportunity for self determination ? This is akin to saying: let’s wait till we have an incorruptible cabinet of ministers in Sri Lanka. It is never going to happen.

      The next most likely scenario is the rising of resistance movements to fight the Taliban government, especially in the mountainous border regions. It is inevitable that the Taliban will have to contend with, and endure what every invader has experienced in Afghanistan.

      • Gabriella, this guy Antany clearly has something seriously wrong with him! Best not to feed this troll and let him enjoy what ever he is tripping on rofl!

      • You and Sunil are western trolls. Clearly the UNP is a puppet of corrupt Indians and cunning Westerners. Who created this disaster in the first place? The CIA did. Hillary Clinton already admitted the greatest sin of Americans.

        Obviously, the Five Eyes countries are falling. Facebook has removed my posts to hide the truth which Hillary Clinton has admitted that the US created terrorism to defeat Russia. From now on the Five Eyes will be bankrupt in everything.

        Finally, we are seeing the people(convicts and their cousins) who don’t live in their own country can not continue to dominate the world. This is a great victory for humanity. Please click the link to see the disaster created by the US.
        https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2f52cp

      • Gabrielle and Sunil are western trolls or members of corrupt and foolish South Asian puppets. Clearly the UNP is a puppet of corrupt Indians and cunning Westerners. Who created this disaster in the first place? The CIA did. Hillary Clinton already admitted the greatest sin of Americans.

        Obviously, the Five Eyes countries are falling. Facebook has removed my posts to hide the truth which Hillary Clinton has admitted that the US created terrorism to defeat Russia. From now on the Five Eyes will be bankrupt in everything.

        Finally, we are seeing the people(convicts and their cousins) who don’t live in their own country can not continue to dominate the world. This is a great victory for humanity. Please click the link to see the disaster created by the US.
        https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2f52cp

        PS, my name is Antany Peter, if you have a backbone reveal your identity. If you Google my name you can read my credentials. You have no face, but hopping to fool the world majority forever. We have a surprise for you, if you are western trolls, or South Asian corrupt and foolish puppets :—))))

        • Ok Antany, I googled you up. I am was surprised to see that you are a decent looking guy and not the loony I envisaged you to be.

          However, you would have more credibility if you didn’t ramble on like a lunatic.

  3. Let’s keep an open mind in this subject.

    Because after 20 years Taliban is a much refined group now thanks to the rough interaction with the USA. Billions of dollars spent and many lives sacrificed.

    The USA and them negotiated their withdrawal for nearly a year for a peaceful end to the Taliban problem.

    The results of that were displayed to the whole world during the last 4 weeks. One of its highlight was that without a single death on both sides, the Taliban came to the town to form a much refined government.

    The president Biden’s another master stroke in quiet.

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