Announcement on the change of dates for the international Afghanistan Conference “Afghanistan 2014: Challenges for Peace and Development” from October 11-13 to April 25-27, 2014 in Strasbourg.
After a long and assessing discussion the preparatory committee of the international Afghanistan Conference agreed to change the dates of the conference to April 2014. This decision was made in a preparatory meeting on September 21th 2013 in Freiburg.
The international situation characterized by the manifold efforts of the peace movements of many countries to assist in a process of peace in Syria and to prevent military intervention, the huge load on the activists and their organizations but also the complicated political situation in Afghanistan were among the reasons for changing the date of the international Afghanistan conference to after the presidential elections in Afghanistan.
We hope that the change of date to April helps this important conference to gain the international attention that it needs and deserves due to the singular composition of speakers and organizers. Our aim remains the facilitation of intense, common, and solidary exchange of people from different social, religious, and political networks from Afghanistan and the European peace movement. Peace in Afghanistan only can be reached together and beyond all bounds.
A new date in spring seems to be particularly suited.
We will intensify discussions and will try to gain further people to actively participate and participate in the conference.
For the preparatory committee:
Karim Popal, Reiner Braun, Claire Chastain