Statement of the United States-European Union Group on Afghanistan

Special representatives and representatives of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States in Afghanistan met on September 15, 2022 in Washington and discussed the situation in Afghanistan. Officials from Japan, Qatar, Switzerland and UNAMA also attended the meeting as observers and included technical meetings with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Special Envoy and Representative in Afghanistan:

  1. Expresses serious concern about Afghanistan’s violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms; The United Nations Human Rights Council received a new report from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Afghanistan; condemns violations of international humanitarian law and violations of international human rights treaties and conventions to which Afghanistan is a signatory; violations of rights, including those of representatives of ethnic and religious minorities or other disadvantaged groups; especially denouncing the human rights abuses committed by Afghan women and girls across the country. including restrictions on freedom of movement and exclusion from the political, economic, educational and social spheres; Note that as of August 2021, the Taliban have issued at least 16 statements and directives restricting the exercise of the rights of women and girls; and called for the immediate lifting of the Taliban’s ban on girls in grades 7 through 12, noting that in most parts of the country girls did not attend that level of education last year.
  2. He condemned the growing restrictions on freedom of thought and expression, especially through the suppression of the media, including female journalists, and the arrest of Afghan journalists and foreign.
  3. Noting the urgent need to continue with measures to deal with the serious humanitarian crisis in the country, including preparing the Afghan people for the coming winter; Approve humanitarian aid provided by government and organizations to Afghanistan from August 2021; confirm all relevant actors. respect international law and ensure the independence of humanitarian organizations; emphasizes the importance of full access to all humanitarian workers – men and women – needed to work effectively in all parts of the country; requires respect for humanitarian principles and the removal of all restrictions and impediments to the provision of humanitarian assistance; and emphasizes the importance of equal and direct access to humanitarian assistance and meeting basic human needs, taking into account vulnerable groups, including women and households women-headed households, children, and racial and religious communities.
  4. Deeply concerned about the emergence and activities of terrorists and terrorist groups in Afghanistan, including Al-Qaeda and other self-proclaimed groups targeting countries in the region and beyond; Afghanistan and the confirmation of Zawahiri’s presence in Kabul is a clear example of the Taliban’s failure to fulfill its commitments to combat terrorism.
  5. Emphasizes that the Taliban must take sustained and verifiable measures against all terrorist organizations and activities in Afghanistan in accordance with applicable international laws and obligations, including humanitarian law international; mosque); Reaffirming the Taliban’s aggressive actions against ISIS-K; It also calls on the Taliban to protect vulnerable ethnic and religious communities from attacks by ISIS-K members and other terrorists and to take all measures to ensure that perpetrators of these attacks are brought to justice.
  6. Emphasizing that lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan requires a credible and inclusive national dialogue, leading to the establishment of a constitutional structure with a representative political system; noting that the more representative and accountable the government is, the greater the risk of armed conflict; The Taliban must fulfill their commitment to engage in internal dialogue and negotiate a political roadmap for a new Islamic government in Afghanistan, which was adopted in the Doha Agreement in February 2020.
  7. He stressed the importance of the Taliban fulfilling their responsibilities in combating drug production and trafficking.
  8. It revealed that the Taliban had promised to allow foreigners and Afghans – men and women – to enter and exit Afghanistan in a safe and orderly manner with the appropriate documents.
  9. It discusses the lifting of a United Nations travel ban on several Taliban leaders and calls on all nations to take responsibility to meet UN obligations.
  10. He stressed that foreign aid to Afghanistan benefits the Afghan people and is not a sign of progress in normalizing relations with the Taliban; note that the involvement of members of the international community in the Taliban cannot be seen as a step towards normalization.
  11. The Taliban will focus on the country’s economic crisis and emphasize the need to facilitate greater investment, including upholding a fair and transparent rule of law; emphasizes that humanitarian aid and assistance to meet basic human needs are not enough to prevent further damage. economy of the country; discuss economics and other ways to increase domestic liquidity to support the livelihoods of Afghans; Emphasizing the importance of revitalizing Afghanistan’s banking and financial sector and facilitating legal cross-border financial flows; noting the need to enhance the capacity, transparency and professionalism of the Central Bank of Afghanistan in order to increase liquidity and stabilize the economy; Noting the establishment of a new Afghanistan Fund in Switzerland to preserve and protect the reserves of the Central Bank of Afghanistan and to distribute these reserves to the people of Afghanistan; and stressed the need for the Central Bank of Afghanistan to demonstrate political independence from interference and interference; Demonstrate that appropriate anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CFT) controls are in place; Assess third-party needs and refer a trusted external observer.
  12. Acceptance of the appointment of Roza Otunbayeva as the new Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to Afghanistan and head of UNAMA; and the Taliban, other Afghan nationals and members of the international community, and SRSG Otunbayeva to cooperate in carrying out UNAMA’s mission, including promoting dialogue among all stakeholders in Afghanistan, inclusive, flexible, representative and collaborative management at the national, non-state and regional-country levels; and monitor the status of human rights; He expressed support for the renewal of the United Nations Human Rights Council under the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Afghanistan, calling for increased gender roles and strengthening sponsors this service, and before that Mr. Richard Bennett. fill this role.
  13. Meet UNAMA’s mandate to promote transitional justice and call on the Taliban and other Afghans to work in good faith to end the legacy of war crimes and other violence in the country; acknowledge the claims of all parties to the conflict and note that there are no complaints. Healing and restoring justice is a process of reconciliation that precedes repression, while lasting peace is not possible, and emphasizes the importance of following the Taliban’s policy of amnesty for former veterans. officials of the Islamic Republic and hold violators accountable.
  14. He noted the need for cooperation by all members of the international community in Afghanistan, especially Afghanistan’s neighbors, other partners in the region and Muslim-majority countries, to have taking into account the interests of the Afghan people.
  15. He praised the United States for holding the consultation and meeting.
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