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Arria-formula meeting "What can the Security Council do to support the peace process in Afghanistan?"
20 Nov 2020 -  The meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, with a focus on the peace process. As the UN Security Council has a responsibility in the prevention of violent conflict and war, this meeting seeks to identify ways in which Security Council members and the international community can support the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations and ensure the maintenance of peace and stability for post-war Afghanistan. The meeting also highlights the importance of the upcoming 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on future civilian assistance to Afghanistan.

The debate will be chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, H.E. Urmas Reinsalu and followed by introductory remarks of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan H.E. Mohammed Haneef Atmar.

Keynote speech by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the I.R. of Afghanistan. Statements by Co-sponsors: H.E. Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar; H.E. Pekka Haavisto, Foreign Minister of Finland; H.E. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Foreign Minister of Norway; H.E. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Foreign Minister for the Republic of Indonesia.

Briefers:

1. Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan

2. Fatima Gailani, member of Republican Negotiation Team and its contact group, Board Member of the Afghan Red Crescent Society.

3. Laurel Miller, Asia Director, International Crisis Group.

Statements by UNSC members.

Statements by incoming UNSC members.

Q&A; Comments by the Briefers.

Concluding remarks by H.E. Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany.
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