The EU says the Union and countries participating in NATO’s mission in Afghanistan have a duty to care for Afghans at risk after the country is captured by the Taliban, European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said on Tuesday when asked to comment on the recent statement of Prime Minister Janez Janša.
In his Twitter post on Sunday, Janša wrote that the EU “will not open any” humanitarian “corridors or migration to Afghanistan” or will not allow the recurrence of 2015. “We will only help individuals who have helped us in the course of “NATO mission and EU member states protecting our external border.”
Mamer referred to recent statements by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that “the EU, as well as all countries that have participated in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, have a duty to care for people who are at risk of special because of the new situation. in Afghanistan, for example, journalists, human rights lawyers, judges and lawyers, and generally young women and girls.
When talking about channeling and resettlement opportunities for Afghans in conflict, “we are talking about these groups,” Mamer told STA when asked if Janša’s position corresponded to that of the Commission.
Mamer also stressed the efforts that will be needed to ensure that all Afghans displaced by the conflict can return home safely. In order to enable this, the Commission stresses the need to work with countries in the region, he said.
Responding to Janša’s Twitter post, European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Sunday that “it is not up to the current Council presidency to say what the EU will do”. He invited Jancha to discuss the issue with the European institutions, so that they can decide what the next steps should be.
Janša’s stance is said to be supported by only two EU members – Hungary and Austria, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Monday.
Most other member states and leaders of the EU institutions would like to prevent a repeat of the 2015 migration wave, but at the same time are willing to expand the circle of people in need of protection, citing responsibility morals and commitments from the relocation program.
Slovenia, meanwhile, is ready to accept Afghans who have worked with Slovenian soldiers in Afghanistan, as well as five others, according to a recent statement by Foreign Minister Anže Logar.