The human rights organization Pro Asyl has called on Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) to urge US President Joe Biden to postpone the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Frankfurt am Main – “The US mission must be extended,” said Pro-Asyl manager Günter Burkhardt on Sunday. “Those who are desperately waiting in front of the airport need an evacuation perspective,” he said, referring to the dramatic conditions at Kabul airport.
There, thousands of people tried again on Sunday to get to the airport area secured by US troops. According to the UK Ministry of Defense, seven people died in the crowd.
The official goal of the US government is for the last US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31. “This date was chosen arbitrarily,” criticized Burkhardt. “The chaotic conditions, which have now led to more deaths, are also a result of the announcement that the mission will end at the end of August,” he said.
On Saturday, the EU Foreign Affairs Representative Josep Borrell joined the demands of several NATO countries to extend the evacuation mission of the US military at Kabul airport beyond the end of August. “The Americans want to fly 60,000 people out by the end of the month. That is mathematically impossible,” he told the AFP news agency. He made the strict control and security measures of the US military at Kabul airport jointly responsible for the slow evacuation.
US President Biden had recently categorically ruled out a postponement of the troop withdrawal. According to the Pentagon, the US had flown 17,000 people as of Saturday. Thousands more were evacuated using military planes from other countries.
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