Monday, September 27

Spain offers to receive Afghans who worked in European institutions before they are distributed by the EU

Spain will assume the arrival of Afghan refugees who worked for the European institutions before their distribution among the different EU countries. This was announced by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, after the meeting of EU foreign ministers by videoconference to address the Afghan crisis.

“I want to thank Spain, which has offered to create a hub [centro de llegada] from which the refugees will be scattered throughout the rest of the European Union countries, “said Borrell, who also thanked Italy, because its planes” will evacuate around 400 members of the local Afghan EU staff and their families. “to the immigration center in Spain.

Borrell has also recognized that the military operation in Afghanistan that began two decades ago had an objective of “fighting Al Qaeda”, something that was achieved, according to the High Representative, who does assume a failure: “What was not achieved was the following objective of building a state, and this is a lesson that we must learn for the rest of the world. ”

The head of European diplomacy has also resorted to the pragmatism he has practiced with other countries: “The war has been won by the Taliban, and we will have to deal with them.” In this sense, Borrell has opted to initiate dialogue to ensure the departure of refugees and compliance with the agreements that provide for the recognition of fundamental rights.

Thus, Borrell has stated that “cooperation with any future Afghan government will be conditional on a peaceful and inclusive agreement, and respect for the fundamental rights of all Afghans, including women, youth and persons belonging to minorities, as well as respecting Afghanistan’s international obligations regarding its commitment to fighting corruption and preventing the use of Afghanistan’s territory by terrorist organizations. ”

In this regard, the head of European diplomacy has stated that “the European Union will continue to provide aid to the Afghan people” and has asked “all agents to allow safe and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance for women, men and women. Afghan children in need, including the large number of internally displaced people. ”

Furthermore, Borrell said, “the EU calls on the Taliban to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law in all circumstances; and the EU will also help Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to cope with the negative effects of the increasing flow of goods. refugees and migrants “.

Socialists and the Left ask Borrell

Four MEPs, two Socialists and two from the Left, including the Spanish Lina Gálvez (PSOE) and María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (United We Can) have registered a question on Tuesday with the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in relation to the situation of women in Afghanistan after the departure of international troops.

“Faced with the collapse of the Afghan government and the advance of the Taliban, hundreds of civilians are trying to leave the country for fear of reprisals and the more than likely increase in violence in the country. Women and girls are at extreme risk of setback. in their rights, as it already happened under the Taliban regime in the 90s “, affirm MEPs Palop, Gálvez, Evelyn Regner (S&D), president of the Commission on Women’s Rights; and Malin Björk (The Left): “The cooperation agreement on Partnership and Development between the EU and Afghanistan has as one of its objectives issues such as the promotion of human rights, gender equality and the participation of civil society; and one of its principles is respect for democratic principles and human rights, as well as the rule of law. ”

Thus, they ask the Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: “How will compliance with the agreement be guaranteed? In the event of non-compliance, what measures are expected to be adopted? EU’s Joint Declaration on Migration Cooperation with Afghanistan in light of new developments? What role will the EU play in welcoming Afghans who are fleeing the country, and especially Afghans who have positioned themselves in favor of of gender equality? ”