Successful election paves way for new EU-Afghan partnership, EU
KABUL (WNA-Nov. 7, 2013): EU Special Representative and Head of Delegation to Afghanistan met Afghan President Hamid Karzai and handed over his credential, Karzai’s office said Thursday.
At the meeting held at the presidential palace, where foreign nominee minister, Zarar Ahmad Muqubel was present, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin underlined the European Union's long term commitment to Afghanistan.
"Successful elections will pave the way for a new EU-Afghan partnership", the ambassador said as quoted in a statement released by the Kabul based EU embassy office.
Ambassador Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, the European Union Special Representative and Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan handed over his credentials to the President Karzai emphasizing that the EU will remain committed to Afghanistan for the long-term throughout the "transformation decade".
The EU will continue to support Afghanistan through a comprehensive approach that ensures synergies between the political, development and security sectors.
Ambassador Mellbin underlined the crucial importance of the forthcoming elections saying they will pave the way for a new EU-Afghan partnership.
The 2014 elections will be a historic occasion marking the first peaceful transition of power in Afghanistan and help to cement democracy.
The Ambassador urged all actors across the country, including the government, electoral candidates, political, tribal and religious leaders and civil society to take full responsibility and to work together to ensure that the elections are transparent, credible and inclusive, and are ultimately accepted by the Afghan people.
These elections are a tremendous opportunity to ensure the long-term stability of Afghanistan.
Ambassador Mellbin stressed that as transition approaches, it will be increasingly important to promote respect for Human Rights and, in particular, the rights of women. Tangible progress has been achieved, but safeguards are needed to ensure that these are protected and consolidated.
The EU will continue to promote and support the development of Human Rights in all its development programme and activities in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has achieved significant progress in rebuilding their nation in the past 12 years. But, prevailing corruption risks undermining these gains. The EU Special Representative called on the government to increase its efforts to combat the pervasive corruption present in Afghan institutions and society.
Ambassador Mellbin informed the President that he looked forward to continuing the excellent cooperation between the EU and the Afghan government and to working together to build peace, stability and progress in Afghanistan, according to the statement.
In this respect, he emphasized the importance of swiftly concluding the Cooperation Agreement for Partnership and Development (CAPD), which will serve as the legal framework for EU-Afghan relations for the next 10 years, the statement concluded.
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