The UN Secretary General's report to the Security Council released on 9 September 2014 provides an update of UNAMA activities, including in the area of peace and reconciliation, since 18 June 2013. For a full copy of the report, click here.
Peace and Reconciliation
20. As a result of the political focus on the presidential election run-off, there was limited progress on the peace process during the reporting period. On 21 June, a suicide attack in Kabul targeted the motorcade of the head of the High Peace Council secretariat, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai. One civilian was killed and several others injured, including Mr. Stanekzai. The joint secretariat of the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Programme reported that, as at 15 August, a total of 8,880 individuals, including 803 commanders, had joined the programme, and 6,794 weapons had been collected. A total of 164 small grants projects had been approved in 25 provinces, providing short-term employment opportunities for community members and for individuals being reintegrated.
21. On 1 July, President Karzai again called on the Taliban to renounce violence and avoid acting as an instrument for outsiders seeking to weaken Afghanistan, highlighting clashes in Hilmand Province. On 25 July, a statement attributed to Mullah Mohammad Omar, released to mark Eid al-Fitr, emphasized that the movement had no intention of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and directed Taliban fighters to avoid civilian casualties. On 4 August, officials of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s armed faction of Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin stated that a delegation had travelled to Kabul to mediate between the two presidential candidates and to discuss the possibility of the faction joining the new government. Representatives of both candidates later denied that such discussions had taken place.