Correspondent in Brussels
European diplomacy hopes that it will be able to moderate the Taliban who have taken power in Afghanistan, while seeking ways to maintain relations with the new authorities without committing to formal recognition. The EU Ambassador to Afghanistan, the German Andreas von Brandt, appeared yesterday in the subcommittee on human rights of the European Parliament where he explained that “much of what is happening right now is based on fear. Let’s not lose sight of the situation and think about the things that haven’t happened because maybe we have a chance to influence Afghanistan. ” The ambassador reiterated the doctrine of his superior, the High Representative Josep Borrell, according to
which “respect for women’s rights will be an essential condition for contacts with the new Government and to ensure that achievements of recent years are preserved” and has confirmed that for the moment in Afghanistan “there has not been a dramatic change” so he appealed not to fall into exaggerated drama. The European ambassador appealed to judge the Taliban “for their acts and omissions and not just for their words.”
The EU fears that the space they have left empty USA and Europe is occupied by powers with widely divergent interests such as China, Russia or Pakistan. Von Brandt said that in Brussels and in the capitals of the member countries “there is great awareness of the importance of returning” to Kabul. “In what capacity, how many people or when it will be possible to return are things that have yet to be seen. But there are contacts in Doha and we are studying possibilities to return at some point.
The defense ministers and then the foreign ministers met last week in person, although not formally, to analyze the situation created after the defeat of Western forces in Afghanistan and agreed to establish a set of conditions prior to any formal recognition of the Taliban regime. Borrell also appealed for the creation of a European intervention force in order not to systematically depend on the United States in operations such as the evacuation of the Kabul airport, where a significant part of the Afghans who collaborated with the EU institutions remained.