The Council of the European Union recently made some conclusions on Afghanistan’s Peace Process whereby the EU has reaffirmed its political commitment and long-term support to the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security and prosperity.
“The EU encourages the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to intensify their efforts towards a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the conflict. The EU supports all efforts to catalyse such a process, which has created a political opportunity that should be seized”, the statement read.
It was emphasised that direct negotiations between Afghans, with the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban at their core, should begin as soon as possible, ensuring an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan- owned peace and reconciliation process.
“The EU strongly supports a process that respects the sovereignty and independence of Afghanistan and the dignity of its people. The EU stands ready to support the peace process, including its implementation, with the aim of preserving and building upon the political, economic and social achievements of the people of Afghanistan since 2001, which should be irreversible. Any future peace agreement must be to the benefit of all parties. The EU commends the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan on its commitment to achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan”, the statement assured.
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It was also pointed out that Afghan peace process requires the full support and constructive involvement of the entire international community, in particular key regional and international stakeholders.
The EU thus confirmed that it stands ready to support the following aspects of the process: to help make the peace process inclusive; to assist with reforms, including security sector reform; to act as a guarantor of a peace process, if requested by the parties; to assist with reintegration of fighters and their families; and to promote regional trade and connectivity.
The Council also invited the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Commission to implement these actions as the peace process progresses. In this respect, the Council welcomes the role of the Special Envoy of the EU for Afghanistan.
The council also made some suggestions to the Afghan government and urged the participation of women in the peace process.