Delegation for relations with Afghanistan : Communiqués

Statement of 31 July 2017 on the bomb attack in Kabul 

The Chair of European Parliament's delegation for relations with Afghanistan, Mr Petras Auštrevičius, on the bomb attack in the diplomatic zone in Kabul:

"I would like to underline the EU's strong commitment to Afghanistan and express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims of the terrorist attack this morning in Kabul [...]"

Statement of 7 February 2017 on the UNAMA report on the protection of civilians 

The Chair of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with Afghanistan, Mr Petras Auštrevičius, has responded to the UN's 2016 Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan:

"I would like to express my deep concern about the record high data showed in the latest 'Afghanistan Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: 2016', issued by the United Nations Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [...]

"The European Union's determination to fight terrorism in Europe and throughout the world is not deterred. I am in full agreement with the report stating that 'It is imperative that the perpetrators, whoever they are, be held accountable for such acts'."

Statement of 27 January 2017 on migration problems in Afghanistan 

The Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Afghanistan, Mr Petras Auštrevičius, has called for concrete steps to tackle the migration problems in the country.

Chair Auštrevičius has said that both the international community and the government of Afghanistan must stick to the financial pledges and political commitments they provided at the Brussels donors' conference of October 2016. He expressed his conviction that in mid and long term, humanitarian aid needs to be transposed in sustainable development assistance. The Chair called for a front-loaded national development programme:

"I ask for sufficient financial support for the agreement between the EU and Afghanistan to re-integrate those returnees who have no legal base to stay in Europe. The country is already in a turmoil. Providing unconditional humanitarian assistance, in particular shelter, food and labour, and meaningful protection to these populations on the move must be a priority to prevent the collapse. In the mid and long term, the humanitarian aid must be turned into solid development assistance. I therefore call on the Government of Afghanistan for a front-loaded national development programme."