The European Union has announced €32 million in humanitarian support to assist the civilians affected by the conflict for 2021 in Afghanistan. This comes after Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, concluded a visit to Kabul.
Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “Whilst peace negotiations are ongoing, humanitarian aid can be the central way to reach more than half of the population in the country, some 19 million people. It is paramount that all parties to the conflict facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and expand safe and unhindered access to the most vulnerable. Moreover the protection of civilians, of education facilities, of hospitals and humanitarian missions cannot wait till the end of the peace negotiations. For them to conclude successfully, respect of International Humanitarian Law to safeguard lives is an essential prerequisite for a lasting peace and sustainable future of the country.”