The deputy special envoy for Afghanistan, Markus Potzel, in a meeting with the Panjshir governor Mohammad Agha Hakim said that the “people of Afghanistan should be given the choice and opportunity to decide how they want to live.”
“And [I am] pretty sure they don’t want the war aspect,” he said.
Potzel also underlined that there have been some positive improvements including in the security situation and reduction of corruption and that they will try to paint a balanced picture of the situation but stressed that “withdrawing some of the repressive decrees will also help us to help you.”
The governor of Panjshir meanwhile, expressed concerns over the reduction of humanitarian assistance in Panjshir.
“It is almost a forgotten province. We expected that the international organizations and human rights and humanitarian organizations would pay more attention to Panjshir but there has not been very much attention to it [Panjshir],” he said.
This comes as earlier the UN special rapporteur for Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, voiced concerns over violations of human rights in Panjshir, saying that “noting dfA MoD has opened an investigation into reports of extra-judicial killings in Panjshir, I remind Taliban that they bear responsibility for the actions of their forces.”