“We have to do everything possible to avoid the real risk of widespread famine and humanitarian disaster,” Von der Leyen said.
The day before, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, warned that in the north of Afghanistan there are five million people who face the real risk of famine and that it is necessary to get help to them before winter.
With the arrival of winter, various access routes to international humanitarian aid will be blocked by snow.
The United Nations (UN) announced last Monday that the international community had pledged a total of US $ 1.2 billion (equivalent to about 1 billion euros) in aid to humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan, but did not specify how much was specifically assigned to emergency assistance.
On the other hand, in the last hours, the EU affirmed that it has “no other option but to reach agreements with the Taliban.” In this way, Brussels will try to coordinate with the bloc’s member states to organize a diplomatic presence in Kabul, the EU’s top diplomat said on Tuesday.
“The Afghan crisis is not over,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “In order to have any chance of influencing events, we have no choice but to reach agreements with the Taliban.”
In detail, the European Commission plans to obtain financing from the Member States of the Union and the common budget worth 300 million euros (US $ 355 million) both this year and next to pave the way for the resettlement of some 30 thousand afghans.