"France will remain mobilized, alongside the Afghan people"
AFGHANISTAN - STATEMENT BY MRS. ISIS JARAUD-DARNAULT, POLITICAL COORDINATOR OF THE PERMANENT MISSION OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL IN THE ARA FORMAT - New York, 17 November 2022
I would like to thank Ms. Msuya, Ms. Wignaraja and Mr. Alakbarov for their interventions and would like to emphasize two messages.
First, the Taliban cannot absolve themselves of their responsibilities in the situation in Afghanistan
Their seizure of power by force and violence over a year ago has had dramatic consequences for the Afghan people. The decisions taken since then, in defiance of the commitments made and the demands of the international community, as contained in Security Council Resolution 2593, have only worsened the situation.
You wished to address the issue of economic recovery in Afghanistan.
I think it is right to remind you that the decisions taken by the Taliban have a drastic human and economic cost and have a lasting impact on the prospects for recovery. This is true of human rights abuses and in particular violations of the rights of women and girls, as documented by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan. Preventing girls from going to secondary school has a cost, in the order of 2.5% of GDP per year. The exclusion of women from the labor market has also resulted in a 5% drop in GDP.
Continued restrictions on Afghan women and girls will have a lasting negative impact on Afghanistan’s recovery and stability. We see this trend worsening, as evidenced by the Taliban’s announcement last week of the reintroduction of corporal punishment, in addition to their recent bans on Afghan women from parks, bathhouses and gyms.
France will remain mobilized, alongside the Afghan people, to provide our assistance in the face of the humanitarian crisis that has hit the country, and in favor of human rights, particularly women’s rights.
On a national level, we have disbursed, since August 2021, €123.5 million in humanitarian aid to international organizations, humanitarian agencies and NGOs on the ground, whose projects are currently being deployed, as well as an additional €100,000 in aid to the victims of the floods that hit Afghanistan this summer, in the border region of Pakistan.
We also continue to support the Mother and Child Medical Institute in Kabul.
The European Union, together with its Member States, has also raised more than €1.6 billion for the Afghan population.
The resumption of development assistance, however, is the responsibility of the Taliban. Without respecting the requirements of the international community, we cannot envisage the resumption of this assistance, which would be in vain: how can we allow the economic recovery of a country where half of the population can neither study nor work?
I believe it is essential to continue to work to ensure that our concerns, such as those contained in Resolution 2593, are heard, to continue to support the work of UNAMA, in accordance with its overall mandate, and to continue, in parallel, to continue to reflect on how best to support the Afghan people.