Khalilzad Briefs NATO EU Members on Peace Negotiations
US-Europe Group for Afghan Peace has been formed for coordination across the Atlantic and is supported by the United Nations. Close coordination is being held between the US and Europe on Afghanistan. A meeting of the US-Europe Group for Afghan Peace was held in Berlin on Tuesday with the participation of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto, special envoys from the EU member countries and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Idris Zaman where the delegates held wide-ranging discussions on meetings on peace in Afghanistan in Norway, Germany, and Qatar.
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has been briefing the EU representatives and EU Special Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Roland Kobia was in Washington in the past where they agreed that bringing an end to Afghanistan’s war and achieving peace must be the key objective, and that violence should cease. Both sides underscored their respect for the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan. The United States and the European Union will continue their close coordination. They encourage all countries to support the current peace process, inclusive intra-Afghan talks, and lasting development and reconstruction in Afghanistan and the meeting of the US-Europe Group for Afghan Peace will add to the heft that will possibly force the Taliban to wilt.
Separately at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board, June 4, at NATO Headquarters – NATO Allies and partners confirmed their steadfast support to the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces. Together with representatives of the donors’ community, they reviewed the Trust Fund management, implementation and performance; and they outlined future requirements. The NATO-run Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund is one of three funding streams used by the International Community to channel its financial support to Afghanistan’s security forces and institutions. The other two are the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA), administered by the United Nations Development Programme, and the United States Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF). LOTFA is used to pay the salaries of police and correction personnel and to build the capacity of the Afghan Ministry of the Interior and the police. The ASFF is subject to a US-Afghan bilateral agreement and pays for equipping and running Afghanistan’s security forces.