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Today a bus transporting civilians was the target of an attack in the Farah province of Afghanistan. This atrocity, in which at least 34 people, including women and children, lost their life, is yet another aggression against the Afghan people and their long-held desire for peace.
Such an indiscriminate attack on civilians, which follows an attack on a vice-presidential candidate three days ago, undermines current efforts to achieve a durable peace, and mars the positive achievements of the intra-Afghan dialogue held in Doha earlier this month, where Afghan representatives, including of the Taliban, agreed on the need to reduce the number of civilian casualties to zero.
The European Union stands by the Afghan people in their desire for peace and conveys its sincere condolences to all those affected.