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The recent offer made by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan government to the Taliban to engage in a genuine peace process is an unprecedented opportunity for peace after decades of war in Afghanistan. Since the Brussels Conference for Afghanistan in November 2016, the international community, and the EU and its Member States in particular, have delivered on their promises of more funds and practical support to underpin peace, and the EU stands ready to support this new initiative presented by President Ghani during the second meeting on the "Kabul Process" a month ago.
On 26-27 March, EU High Representative Mogherini is in Uzbekistan to open the international Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity". The conference brings together Afghanistan, the five Central Asian countries, the United Nations and other stakeholders to support peace-making efforts in the country, as well as local and regional development.
Two members of the ESDC staff attended a Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) organised by the European External Action Service. The training focused on awareness, recognition and prevention of dangerous or unwanted situations. In total, 20 people from the EU institutions received briefings about first aid, dealing with aggression, stress management and personal security. The knowledge acquired was applied in several exercises and role-plays.
Border police from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad participated for the first time in joint training on border management and on countering irregular migration. The African officers developed during the course their operational capacities in the control and surveillance of their borders.