Karzai renews call on insurgents to join peace process
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai once again renewed his call on the Taliban and other insurgent groups to join the peace process to pave the ground for foreign troops' withdrawal, the president's office said on Friday.
"I call on those killing Afghans and destroying the country to stop the bloodshed and return to a normal life," Karzai said in a radio speech to the nation.
The Taliban fighters have said they will not shun violence until foreigners leave Afghanistan unconditionally.
On March 22, Karzai said the security transition from NATO-led soldiers to Afghan forces would start in seven areas, including the capital of southern Helmand province, in July.
Afghan forces would be in charge of security for all of Kabul province, except for Sarobi district, the provinces of Panjsher and Bamyan; Herat city, the capital of western Herat province, Lashkargah, the provincial capital of Helmand, Mehtarlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province and Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province, Karzai has said in his speech on the occasion of new year.
The High Peace Council says the security handover would have a positive impact on the peace process.
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