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EU Calls for Permanent Ceasefire in Afghanistan Amid Intensified Fighting

Sputnik News

11:21 GMT 05.08.2021

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Union calls for end of violence in Afghanistan as fighting escalates, EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said on Thursday in a joint statement.

"The EU calls for an urgent, comprehensive and permanent ceasefire to give peace a chance. This senseless violence is inflicting immense suffering upon Afghan citizens and is increasing the number of internally displaced persons in search of safety and shelter," Borrell and Lenarcic stated.

The EU officials decried the Taliban's* arbitrary killings of civilians, lashing of women and infrastructure destruction, adding that "some of these acts could amount to war crimes."

The EU slammed the Taliban's offensive, including an attack on the UN agency office, fighting in Lashkargah, the capital of Afghanistan's largest province of Helmand, attack on the residence of Afghan defence minister Bismillah Mohammadi, which goes against the group's promised commitment to negotiate on conflict settlement within the Doha peace process.

The armed confrontation between the Taliban and Afghan government forces has been intensifying since foreign troops began to withdraw in May.

*The Taliban is a terrorist group banned in Russia.

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