European Union External Action

The coming months crucial for advancing peace in Afghanistan

19/12/2018 - 19:12
From the blog

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 2.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 12.0px 'American Typewriter'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000}
span.s1 {font-kerning: none}

To build on the current momentum for peace in Afghanistan, the EU has offered its concrete support. That includes helping the Afghan government to make the peace process more inclusive and supporting post-conflict reforms, as well as security sector reform, including providing incentives for ex-combatants. The EU has offered to act as a guarantor of the Afghan-led peace process and renewed its support to cross-border trade, infrastructure and connectivity. 

Together with the Afghan government, the EU now aims at turning that commitment into concrete actions. But peace must not come at the cost of the progress the country has made in the last 17 years. The EU will continue to guarantee the protection of human rights, while ensuring that the peace process includes mechanisms to represent the interests of all Afghans, in particular the rights of women and minorities. In that regard, civil society is a key actor.

All international efforts to bring peace are welcomed, but to guarantee full Afghan ownership of an eventual peace process, direct peace talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban cannot be delayed. Therefore, the EU is in favour of bringing all the international community’s negotiation formats under the Kabul Process.

With the support package totalling €474 million for Afghanistan launched at the Geneva conference, the EU signalled its commitment to the country, but also its wish that the Afghan government sets its focus on the implementation of reforms. Progress has indeed been made to promote the private sector and facilitate trade. However, the government’s fight against corruption should deliver concrete results so that the public perception of the Afghan institutions would improve. Enhanced protection of human rights is crucial, in particular regarding the elimination of violence against women, enhancing women’s role in the peace process and protecting children through the Child Protection Law, if finally adopted. That would be of particular importance, given the level of grave violence affecting Afghan children. Humanitarian principles must be upheld in addressing the dire situation of internally displaced persons. Conflict-related violence limits access to health and education for children of displaced Afghan families, risking the well-being of yet another generation.

Redaksiya Bölmələri: