The Security Council ignores the request of France and the United Kingdom to create a ‘safe zone’ at Kabul airport
Germany, France and the United Kingdom presented their proposals on Monday to prevent the final withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan today ending any possibility of evacuating the tens of thousands of citizens and collaborators who remain trapped in the Central Asian country. His plans, addressed to the United Nations Security Council, were the prelude to a new meeting, this time of all community partners, which today will try to find a fit for the migratory flows of refugees within the framework of the European Union.
But first things first. Both the head of the French Government, Emmanuel Macron, and his counterpart, Boris Johnson, considered a priority to create a “safe zone” at the Kabul airport that guarantees the departure from Afghanistan of those who remain in this territory against their will. Macron cited in this group not only the Afghan cooperators who assisted the allied troops during the invasion, but also human rights activists and other professionals who consider their lives at risk with the new Taliban emirate. Among them is a large group of Afghan journalists, who have asked the international community for help to leave the territory. According to the collective, several dozen informants have already escaped due to fear of reprisals. Among them is the Tolo News presenter who, two days after the fall of Kabul, interviewed a senior Taliban official
In this regard, the Security Council limited itself in its session this Monday to giving an account of a resolution that asks the Taliban to guarantee a “safe and orderly exit” from Afghanistan and that evacuation work can continue as of today. But he does not cite the ‘safe zone’ proposed by Macron. In return, it urges “full, safe and unhindered access” for humanitarian assistance.
For his part, the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, reported this Monday, for his part, that the Foreign Ministry will focus its efforts on helping people who have an entry permit to leave Afghanistan “exclusively”, some 40,000 in total. . The diplomat met with several representatives of the Government of Uzbekistan, which, as a neighboring country of Afghanistan, can exercise a first stop for evacuation for those who want to leave the country after the Taliban take power.
Maas began a trip to five countries on Sunday that can play an important role in establishing an exit corridor. After visiting Turkey, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, he will be in Pakistan today and Qatar tomorrow. For now, the Uzbekistan authorities have shown their willingness to cooperate with the Germans, although they reported that their border with Afghanistan is now “closed”. Maas considered, for his part, that the evacuation of all those threatened and their families will not be a matter of a day. “It is an issue that will keep us busy for weeks and probably months,” said the German minister.