EU issues declaration on Afghanistan

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European Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs have issued a declaration on Afghanistan as the country re-enters the grip of Taliban control after decades of conflict. 

The EU has called on the Taliban to protect and promote human rights amid reports of murders and rapes and chaotic scenes in the war-torn country’s capital Kabul.

“The EU calls on all parties in Afghanistan to respect all commitments made and to pursue further an inclusive, comprehensive and enduring political solution. The protection and promotion of all human rights, in particular those of women and girls, must be an integral part of these efforts and women should be supported and able to contribute fully to this process,” the declaration issued on August 17 said.

“The EU stresses the utmost importance of the safety and security of all EU citizens in Afghanistan, as well as local staff working for the EU or member states. Through strong coordination among member states, every possible effort is being made to ensure their security, including through the ongoing evacuation of staff and their families in need. The European Union will also pay special attention to those Afghans whose security might now be in jeopardy due to their principled engagement for our common values.

“The EU calls for an immediate cessation of all violence, the restoration of security and civil order and the protection and respect for civilian life, dignity and property throughout Afghanistan. In this regard, the EU expresses deep concern about reports of serious human rights violations and abuses in areas across Afghanistan.

“A comprehensive and inclusive political settlement and an enduring solution to the conflict should not be established by force, but through meaningful negotiations based on democracy, the rule of law and constitutional rule,” it added.


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    • Herbert Lichtenwald

      18 August 2021 • 11:10

      how ridiculous this undemocratic, unelected and unwanted EU is

      Reply
    • Herbert Lichtenwald

      18 August 2021 • 11:10

      how ridiculous this undemocratic, unelected and unwanted EU is

      Reply

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