Yesterday’s attack on an official of the Ministry of Telecommunications and IT and the brutal killing of two female judges at the Supreme Court, and the injury of their driver, on the 17th of January follows a series of recent assaults on civil servants in Afghanistan. These assassinations are terrible crimes that call for transparent investigations and prosecution to end the impunity of these killings. They are also a deliberate attempt to silence a polity based on principles of rule of law, democratic values and respect for human rights that undermine a peace process in need of mutual trust. These targeted killings must stop.
Furthermore, recalling that in the ongoing conflict the Taliban and various terrorist organizations are responsible for the significant majority of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, they must stop sustaining the current level of violence.
The EU Delegation together with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States are mourning with the families of the deceased and wishes those injured a speedy recovery. We continue to be steadfast in our resolve to assist the people of Afghanistan in achieving peace and justice.