The secretary general of the Atlantic Alliance recognizes the errors in the withdrawal of a mission that has lasted for 20 years.
NATO on Friday demanded that the Taliban allow the evacuation of Afghans who wish to leave the country, and promised that the allies will maintain “close cooperation” during the operation. The request comes after several days of chaos around the Kabul airport and minutes after culminating an extraordinary meeting between the ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Atlantic Alliance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has acknowledged the difficulty of the situation. He has even recognized, just a few months after leaving office, that in the future what happened in Afghanistan should be reviewed.
Stoltenberg, a former Prime Minister of Norway, has appreciated the help of several of the allies of the alliance in the evacuation. He has not pointed to any specific country, but he has highlighted that there are members of NATO that are currently collaborating in the protection of the airport in the Afghan capital in addition to sending planes for rescues. Spain is one of them.
The problem, the secretary general insisted, is that there are more airplane seats available than people who can evacuate. And that is due to the impossibility of accessing the airfield due to the avalanches of people who want to flee from the Taliban and to the access controls established by the radical militia, which despite its good public words has already started a search house for home of all Afghans who collaborated with international troops. Among them the translators and their relatives who assisted the Spanish troops.
Stoltenberg has insisted on his appearance with the promise that NATO forces will defend the airport until the evacuations are completed, which in the case of Spain is estimated at less than a thousand people, but for the United States this figure represents rescue around 60,000. And he concluded: “We will not allow terrorism to threaten us again from Afghanistan.”
A lost daughter
The chaos in the evacuation was admitted this morning by the Defense Minister. Margarita Robles has reported that during the second evacuation of the Afghans who have collaborated with the Spanish troops, one of them has lost one of his daughters after an avalanche of people trying to reach a plane.
The head of Defense has also highlighted the impossibility of Afghan personnel going through the crowd that crowds in front of the walls that surround the airport. “An Army commander could see a group of our translators waiting to enter, but we have not been able to do anything to help them,” said Robles.