EU fears exclusion from peace talks on Afghanistan

The United Nations has called for a two-year
transitional government for Afghanistan backed by a
multinational security force after the Taliban forces fled the
Afghan capital Kabul. While world leaders said the UN should
have a leading role in the pacification of Afghanistan, EU
diplomats expressed fears that Europe will be left out of the
peace talks.

The chief UN envoy for Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi told the
Security Council that a plan to set up a transitional
government in Afghanistan, bringing different ethnic and
tribal groups together, should be completed as soon as

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said
that the UN should be present in Kabul as soon as possible
amid fears that the Northern Alliance would ravage Kabul in
the same way it did during their previous rule there.

NATO sources said that the North
Atlantic alliance is considering offering its support to
help deliver humanitarian aid to refugees in Afghanistan.
NATO’s decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council,
had asked its military advisers to study possible scenarios
for NATO operations to support humanitarian actions.

The UN fears that Afghanistan is on the
verge of its worst-ever humanitarian crisis. 7.5 million
Afghans are threatened by hunger and homelessness due to
the US-led military campaign against the Al Qaida terrorist
network and its Taliban supporters.

The EU declared emergency humanitarian
aid to Afghanistan an absolute priority and pledged to
mobilise aid amounting to more than 320 million euro.

Foreign ministers of the 15 EU Member
States adopted a plan for the Union’s future dealings with
Afghanistan after the removal of the Taliban regime on 17
October. The plan includes:

  • the establishment in Afghanistan of a stable,
    legitimate and broadly representative government,
    expressing the will of the people;
  • the essential role of the UN in seeking a peace plan
    for Afghanistan;
  • maintaining absolute priority for emergency
    humanitarian aid;
  • a plan for the reconstruction of the country;
  • the regional dimension of the stabilisation of


The opposition Northern Alliance took the Afghan capital
Kabul and the Taleban forces fled on 13 November. The
international community is now trying to help create a
broad-based government for the country.


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