Berlin (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of “bitter hours” in Afghanistan in the CDU Presidium, according to participants.
The decision to withdraw the US from the country had triggered a chain reaction, said the Chancellor, according to information from several participants on Monday in the CDU federal executive committee. The Taliban’s takeover of power was bitter for those who believed in democracy and freedom, as well as for women. One must now expect a refugee movement and organize help in the neighboring countries. CDU leader Armin Laschet had previously warned with a view to developments in Syria and the refugee movements there that 2005 should not be repeated.
According to participants, Merkel also outlined the dimensions of the Bundeswehr’s evacuation mission in the CDU federal executive committee. She spoke of around 10,000 people who Germany wanted to evacuate from Afghanistan. The federal government had already identified 2,500 local staff months ago, with 600 people currently not knowing whether they are already in third countries, Merkel said. Another 2,000 people such as human rights activists and lawyers were also supposed to leave. In total, including families, there are around 10,000 people. “We are now evacuating the people in cooperation with the USA. Without the help of the Americans we could not do such an operation,” the Chancellor was quoted as saying.