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Diplomats urge UN-coordinated peace process in Afghanistan

Diplomats urge UN-coordinated peace process in Afghanistan

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Mar 24, 2011 - 09:02

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Seven former and current diplomats have written to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, urging him to lay out a peace process for Afghanistaninfo-icon that involves the international community.

The group, including David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary, Lord George Robertson, (former NATOinfo-icon secretary general), Robert Finn, former US ambassador to Afghanistan and Tom Koenigs (former UN special representative for Afghanistan) - argue that “a transition from international troops to Afghan forces on the front-line will not be enough to make Afghanistan stable”.

A day after the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, announced a handover from international to Afghan security forces in seven areas, the diplomats told Ban that “all those with leverage in the conflict need to be part of making the peace, including Afghanistan’s neighbours, NATO nations with troops on the ground and other countries who can use their influence to facilitate dialogue”.

“This is the only road out of Afghanistan that promises a better future for Afghans and for its neighbours and global allies,” they wrote.

The group called on the secretary general to set out a clear course of action for an internationally backed process to secure a comprehensive settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan which should be endorsed by the UN Security Council before the next major conference on Afghanistan due in July.

There was no immediate reaction from the UN secretary general’s office. “I'm not aware of such a letter, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been received,” his spokesman told reporters at UN headquarters in New York.

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