EU stresses regional engagement to end Afghan war
Affirming its commitment to the war-torn country, the EU called an Afghan-led peace process a prerequisite to any sustainable solution, which must retain major achievements.
In a statement, the EU condemned the recent Taliban attacks in Kunduz and the casualties inflicted on the civilian population and Afghan forces. The Kunduz situation showed what is at stake: Afghanistan's stability, development and the progress made so far.
The EU Council deplores the loss of life following the air strike on the hospital of Médecins Sans Frontières, saying it awaited the results of the different inquiries launched.
It called upon all parties to the war to comply with international humanitarian law and to protect and respect medical and humanitarian facilities, aid agencies and their personnel.
While promising to help address the root causes of migration, such as poverty, violations of human rights and instability, the council backed efforts to reintegrate refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons.
President Ashraf Ghani’sambitious reform agenda and the “Self-Reliance through Mutual Accountability Framework” (SMAF) reflected his government's commitment to change, the statement added.
Implementationof the 'Self Reliance' agenda for economic growth, macro-economic stability, good governance and poverty reduction requiredconcrete action by the government as well as continued high levels of support from the international community, it stressed.
Strong Afghan leadership in the reform process and reinforced efforts to deliver services to its citizens would allow donors to substantially align their support with the government's vision, the council said.
Inclusive democratic governance, including the reform of the electoral system, progress on the rule of law, tackling the drivers of corruption, and promotion of human rights, in particular the rights of women and children, were identified as key factors.
The council accepted the Ghani administration’s invitation to co-host the next ministerial conference on Afghanistan in Brussels in 2016. It said Afghanistan would need the ongoing international commitment at or near current levels to continue on the path to sustainability.
The conference will set out the framework for the Afghan government and donors until 2020, contributing to a stable and reliable environment for Afghanistan to move progressively towards self-reliance.
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