Dear Honorable Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
We are '2 Million Friends' from Afghanistan and around the world who want peace in Afghanistan.
We strongly urge the United Nations to broker a ceasefire in Afghanistan. We ask the United Nations to call on all the parties in conflict, including competing warlords and the Taliban, the Karzai government, regional players and NATO, to lay down their weapons.
Each day the violence continues means a continuing humanitarian disaster for the people of Afghanistan. It is time for the parties in conflict to seek non-military alternatives and work cooperatively to allocate the funds and resources necessary for a full reconstruction campaign in Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan, especially Afghan mothers, cry out for the wars to cease and for their children to be fed and educated. We ask for their cries to be heard.
The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a grassroots group of ordinary, multi-ethnic Afghans who seek a life of non-violence, equality, self-reliance and the unity of all people. They have met with Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. Together with international friends, they are calling on people around the world to become friends for peace in Afghanistan on December 10th, 2012, the International Day of Human Rights. Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire will join them for events in Afghanistan.
We believe that a negotiated ceasefire initiated by the United Nations will greatly assist Afghans in their wish to end the war. A ceasefire will pave the way for negotiations, reconciliation and the important responsibility to meet the humanitarian and socioeconomic needs of 30 million Afghans.
We await your response with hope.
for the ordinary people of Afghanistan -
The Afghan Peace Volunteers
2 Million Friends