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More conflict and poverty in Afghanistan – UN official warns

A senior UN official has warned of a possible internal conflict and worsening poverty in Afghanistan if the Taliban don’t respond quickly to the needs of all elements of society.

Markus Potzel, the UN deputy representative for Afghanistan added that the crackdown on the rights of girls and women signals indifference to over 50 percent of Afghanistan’s population and a willingness to risk international isolation.

He told the Security Council that there is steady rise in armed clashes, criminal activity and high-profile terrorist attacks especially by the Islamic State extremist group as demonstrated by their recent activities.