Council conclusions on Afghanistan
3106th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting
Brussels, 18 July 2011
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
The Council welcomes the start of the transition process in Afghanistan this month.
It believes that there is no alternative to an Afghan-led process leading to a political solution to the conflict. It stands ready to support these efforts, while stressing the importance of close coordination between all parties involved. In this context, it recognizes the High Peace Council’s efforts to forge a broad national consensus in support of peace and reconciliation.
Following the death of Usama bin Laden and the creation of a new sanctions regime for the Afghan insurgency, those who have participated in the insurgency now have an opportunity to participate in the political process. While there should be no conditions for the beginning of political talks, the outcome must be in line with the red lines laid down by the Afghan Government and supported by the international community: renouncing violence, cutting ties with Al Qaeda and respect for the Afghan constitution including its provisions on human rights. Particular attention must be paid to the rights of women.