Hours after the Doha meeting failed to reach an agreement on a ceasefire, 15 diplomatic missions called for an “emergency end” of the offensive.
15 diplomatic missions and NATO representatives in Kabul joined forces to urge the Taliban to stop military offensives across Afghanistan. Doha Peace Conference Unable to reach agreement on a ceasefire.
In the past two days, a high-level delegation of Afghan leaders met with Taliban political leaders in the capital of Qatar, but a statement issued by the Taliban late on Sunday did not mention stopping the escalating violence in Afghanistan.
“This Eid al-Fitr, the Taliban should always lay down their weapons and show the world their commitment to the peace process,” 15 missions and NATO representatives said, referring to the Muslim holiday in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
The joint statement was supported by senior civilian representatives from Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, and NATO.
The joint statement said: “The Taliban’s offensive is in direct contradiction with their support for a negotiated settlement.”
“It has caused the loss of innocent Afghans, including continued targeted killings, civilian displacement, looting and burning of buildings, destruction of important infrastructure, and destruction of communication networks.”
In the past few Eid al-Fitr holidays, the Taliban called for a temporary ceasefire and expressed their hope that the Afghans can spend it in peace.
There was no such announcement this time because the Taliban quickly acquired territory in an almost unprecedented battle across the country.
After 20 years of fighting, foreign troops have almost completely withdrawn, expanded across the country, occupied hundreds of areas, seized key border crossings, and surrounded the provincial capital. The organization has gained confidence.
Statements issued by 15 delegations on Monday also condemned human rights violations, such as efforts to close schools and media institutions in areas recently occupied by the Taliban, which the Taliban had previously denied.