Taliban: At the Oslo talks: the West insists on the need to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: Special representatives and special envoys of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States met in Oslo on January 24 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, including sessions with Taliban representatives and civil society actors.
In a joint statement, the Western envoys underscored the urgent need to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and highlighted the steps needed to help alleviate the suffering of Afghans across the country.
Participants acknowledged the steps taken to facilitate access for humanitarian workers, both men and women, while expressing their concern that certain obstacles persist, and participants also reiterated the importance of rapidly removing all conditions and all obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian aid. added.
They stressed the importance of respect for human rights and the imperative need for an inclusive and representative political system to ensure stability and a peaceful future for Afghanistan.
The Special Representatives urged the Taliban to do more to stop the alarming increase in human rights abuses, including arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, media repression, extrajudicial killings, torture and banning education for women and girls, employment and the freedom to travel without a male escort.
“Noted with deep concern the absence and limitations of access to secondary schools for girls in many parts of the country and stressed the importance of higher education for women as well as job opportunities for women in all fields,” the joint statement read. .
During the meeting, the envoys clarified that their meetings with the Taliban in no way imply a sense of official recognition or legitimization of the interim government announced by the Taliban in September 2021.
The Oslo talks took place in response to a request from a number of Afghan organizations and in consultation with Western allies.
On Sunday, a day-long meeting took place between the Taliban delegation and other Afghans from diverse backgrounds. These included women leaders, journalists and people working to safeguard human rights and address humanitarian, economic, social and political issues.
On Monday, meetings were held between the Taliban and special representatives for Afghanistan from Norway and other Western countries.
Afghanistan is grappling with drought, a pandemic, economic collapse and the effects of years of conflict. Some 24 million people are acutely food insecure.
According to United Nations estimates, more than half of the population will face starvation this winter and 97% of the population could fall below the poverty line this year.

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