Joint Press Statement by Special Representatives and Special Envoys of the European Union, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan following the meeting of EU and Central Asia Special Representatives and Special Envoys for Afghanistan on 31 May 2022 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
In continuation of the ongoing dialogue between the participants, and especially with reference to the joint communique issued after their meeting in Tashkent in February 2022 as well as the EU-Central Asia High Level Political and Security Dialogue in Brussels in May 2022, the participants:
- Reaffirmed the joint ambition for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan that will assume its role as a partner in regional economic cooperation.
- Welcomed the renewed mandate for the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN role in Afghanistan.
- Reviewed with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the recent developments in Afghanistan and their implications for the regional countries, including the security situation in the region.
- Recalled the February 2022 statement by the EU and Central Asia Special Representatives and Special Envoys on the importance of good governance, promotion of the rule of law, universal human rights and freedom for all Afghans, in particular women and girls, and the establishment of an inclusive and representative government through a credible and legitimate political process in which meaningful participation by all ethnic, religious and political stakeholders, including women and minorities, is respected and that Afghan territory should not be used as a base for hosting, financing or exporting terrorism or violent extremism to other countries.
- Expressed strong concern about the recent and repeated announcement of policies affecting the rights and freedom of women and girls in Afghanistan and encouraged the Taliban to ensure that all women and girls can attend school, work and participate fully in public life.
- Unanimously encouraged the Taliban to fulfil the commitments made to the Afghan people and the international community.
- Remained concerned about the serious socio-economic situation in Afghanistan and welcomed the support from the international community. All participants have shown a willingness to contribute and facilitate assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
- Acknowledged the initiatives by the international community to find practical solutions to the challenges facing the Afghan economy and the financial sector. In this regard, the Taliban are also encouraged to ensure that concrete proposals from the international community, including the United Nations, can be implemented for the benefit of the Afghan people.
- Reiterated the importance of ensuring regional stability and that stability on the borders of Afghanistan remains a priority.
- Reiterated the need for continued dialogue in the regional format and bilaterally with the stakeholders in Afghanistan in order to ensure stability and security in Afghanistan and the region.
- Expressed their appreciation to the Republic of Kazakhstan for hosting the meeting and to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, her Excellency Deborah Lyons, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for their participation and contribution to the meeting.
- Agreed to continue the EU-Central Asia format for dialogue on Afghanistan and welcomed the proposal of the delegation of the Kyrgyz Republic to hold the next meeting in Kyrgyzstan noting that the exact dates of the meeting will be coordinated in due course.