EU reiterates call for urgent truce in Afghanistan


KABUL: The European Union has restated its appeal for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan, urging the warring parties into the Afghan conflict to respect the international humanitarian law.

Commissioner Janez Lenarčič expressed the EU’s strong support for the peace talks during meetings with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, said a statement from the western bloc.

During his visit to Kabul, the EU’s humanitarian chief said the commissioners responsible for crisis management and humanitarian aid reiterated the EU’s call for an immediate ceasefire.

Lenarčič addressed concerns regarding the continuing high level of violence in Afghanistan and emphasized the need for political unity, support for peace, and facilitation of NGOs’ work in the region.

Lenarčič stated that his message was evident and straightforward, adding, “the protection of civilians is a cornerstone of international humanitarian law, and all parties should respect it.”