The EU Delegation in agreement with EU Heads of Mission based in Kabul calls for an immediate implementation of a comprehensive and nation-wide humanitarian ceasefire in Afghanistan, in line with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres´ appeal for a stop to armed conflicts.
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening all Afghans alike, women and men, young and elderly. As the outbreak grows in the next days and weeks, strong safety measures are needed to protect lives at risk. Continued fighting would make it very difficult to contain the deadly disease, provide medical assistance and distribute international aid.
Several conflicting parties around the world have already agreed to observe a ceasefire. Anyone who has the lives and the well-being of the Afghan people at heart, should respond to this call with honesty and as a matter of urgency.
Stop the fighting now!