Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya yesterday called on the Taliban to agree to a ceasefire in Afghanistan and expressed her confidence that the peace talks that have been launched in Doha between the Afghan government and the insurgents will preserve the progress made over the past two decades, particularly in relation to women’s rights.
Together with a dozen ministers and dignitaries from around the world, González Laya participated by telematic means in the ceremony that launched the negotiations between the government of Kabul and the Taliban to try to end almost two decades of conflict.
In her message, the minister expressed her confidence that this dialogue will be “the turning point for the Afghans” and that the result of the negotiations will be an “Afghanistan in peace and prosperity”, reports Europa Press.
“We unequivocally support a negotiation process and an outcome that observes the values and principles of the UN Charter, to which Afghanistan is a party, and the continuity of its international obligations,” in particular compliance with human rights, said Gonzalez Laya.
In this regard, he called “on the Taliban to ensure a ceasefire and a reduction of violence in observance of international humanitarian law” and stated that Spain supports the call of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire to focus efforts on confronting COVID-19.
He also stressed that “these talks should seek to preserve and strengthen the many achievements made so far” in the country. “The empowerment of women and girls has been one of the most significant achievements of Afghanistan since 2001,” he stressed, calling for them and the victims to be taken into account in the dialogue.
“Spain reaffirms its commitment to peace and prosperity in Afghanistan,” said the minister, who recalled that our country “has always been at the side of the Afghans, as a loyal partner,” as demonstrated by the presence of Spanish troops for almost 20 years to help the stability of the country and to combat terrorism.