Meeting Between the European Parliament and Afghan Civil Society

On 29th October 2020, the Afghanistan Mechanism for Inclusive Peace (AMIP), in its role as a
transfer mechanism for the peace talks, facilitated a “Virtual Meeting Between the European
Parliament and Afghan Civil Society” on the role of civil society in the Afghan peace negotiations.
The discussion was held between the Chair of the EU Parliament Delegation for relations with
Afghanistan Mr. Petras Auštrevičius and his team; the Head of EU Delegation in Kabul
Ambassador Andreas von Brandt; and Afghan civil society members, Palwasha Hasan founding
member of Afghan Women’s Network, Hekmatullah Azamy Deputy Director of the Center for
Conflict and Peace Studies, Aziz Rafiee Director of the Afghan Civil Society Forum, Faiz
Muhammad Zaland Assistant professor in Kabul University, Najiba Ayubi Director of Killid Group
and member of the Afghanistan Journalist Federation.
Also attending the meeting as discussants, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit,
Afghanistan Justice Organization, Afghanistan Policy Group, and the Afghanistan Human Rights
and Democracy Organization.
The civil society members presented to the European Parliament four key recommendations
collectively:

  1. We call on the European Union and its Member States to encourage the Afghan parties to
    fully and immediately implement a comprehensive, nationwide and unconditional ceasefire.
    Furthermore, we ask the European Union and its Member States to call on all regional actors to
    support a ceasefire agreement unequivocally, and to refrain from interference in the Afghan
    conflict.
  2. We ask the European Union and its Member States to continue their commitment and active
    support to an inclusive, Afghan peace process, that preserves and builds on the political,
    economic and social accomplishments of the citizens of Afghanistan. All Afghans have suffered
    from the consequences of conflict, and deserve to live in a peaceful and prosperous country.
  3. We ask the EU too continue their commitment and support of Afghan civil society and
    specially that of women groups, and their participation in all processes that lead to stability and
    peace in Afghanistan.
  1. We are grateful for the European Union’s consistent support to Afghanistan, and urge the
    EU and its Member States to maintain its support for stability and development in the postpeace phase.

    The EU Parliament was receptive to the recommendations and confirmed its continued support
    to an inclusive peace process.


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