To address Afghanistan’s long term issues, peace negotiations must begin in earnest and with sincerity, Lyons tweeted.
Without progress at the negotiating table, and instead human rights abuses occur, the Taliban will not be seen as a viable partner by the international community, she said.
With battlefield advances, Taliban have inherited responsibilities. The world is watching closely how they now act, she said.
No major donor will finance repression of women, discrimination of minorities, denying of education to girls, or decrees of an authoritarian government, Lyons stated.
There are 18 million Afghans today facing dire humanitarian needs. They must be prioritized and the UN family as a civilian entity in Afghanistan will assist, the UNAMA chief said.
Donors at the meeting, which was cohosted by government and the UN have been urged to support critical humanitarian needs, Lyons stated.